Thursday, 13 February 2014

[Movie Review] Big Fat Liar (2002)

Movie Title      : Big Fat Liar
Directed by     : Shawn Levy
Produced by    : Brian Robbins, Michael Tollin, & Marie Cantin
Story by        : Dan Schneider and Brian Robbins
Distributed by : Universal Pictures
My Rating        : 5 of 5


Big Fat Liar is an American teen comedy film about Jason Shepherd (Frankie Muniz), a 14-year old pathological liar and con artist, deceiving and misleading his way out of trouble. After Jason fails to complete a creative writing assignment, his teacher gives him a day to write it, or he has to attend summer school. Jason writes a story entitled Big Fat Liar, inspired by how he lies throughout his life. On his way to school, Jason is hit by an arrogant Hollywood producer's car - Marty Wolf (Paul Giamatti), whom Jason convinces to give him a ride. During the ride, Wolf reveals to Jason that he is also a liar and con man, but more professional. Jason accidentally leaves his report in Wolf's limousine. Wolf initially attempts to give it back to Jason, but when he sees it is excellent, he decides to keep it for himself.

Jason realizes his paper is missing, and neither his parents or teacher believe his story. Later, Jason and his friend, Kaylee (Amanda Bynes), find out that Wolf has plagiarized his paper, turning it into a film. Jason and Kaylee use their savings to fly to Los Angeles to confront Wolf. Upon their arrival in Los Angeles, they trick limo driver Frank Jackson (Donald Faison) into giving them a ride to Wolf's studio. Jason goes to speak with Wolf, but then Wolf destroys Jason's paper and has the pair removed from his office. Angered, Jason and Kaylee plan to inconvenience Wolf until he admits to having stolen Big Fat Liar. First of, it is just some pranks, but Wolf's stubbornness leads it to more serious fight. Jason and Kaylee are helped by people who also hate him. In the end, Wolf is tricked into confessing that he stole Jason's story. With the truth revealed Jason finally re-establishes his trust with his parents. Big Fat Liar is later reproduced with Jason credited as the writer. Meanwhile, Wolf declares bankruptcy and begins his new irritating job.

It is such a great comedy movie! So fun and entertaining, but doesn't forget a great moral lessons about being honest and gaining trust. Like they say, little lie leads to another. I love how the plot is organized brilliantly, and how all the good looking characters cooperate. If I may say, it's the best teen movie ever! Usually, teen comedy film always includes too serious problems, while this one only uses the simplest sin of all - lying, but can turn it into such a great meaningful movie. Bravo! Recommended! You won't regret it! I have watched this movie when I was a kid or teen, then I re-watched it and still love it! Oh, Frank and Amanda, love you!

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