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Liar Liar

Year: 1997
Production Co: Imagine Entertainment
Studio: Universal
Director: Tom Shadyac
Producer: Brian Grazer
Cast: Jim Carrey, Cary Elwes, Jennifer Tilly
One of the early entries into Jim Carrey's CV as the Jerry Lewis of the 1990s. Give him a script, a bunch of contrived situations, point and camera at him and watch him go.

It's not as puerile as either Ace Ventura or The Mask though, and there are a few laughs to be mined from the manic act. But once again Carrey is the whirlwind at the centre of the action while supporting characters can only look on in bewilderment.

He plays a lawyer who falls victim to one of those nasty Hollywood magic spells where some unexplained power is visited on an unsuspecting and deserving soul while nobody really questions how or why such a power exists. There's actually a strange parallel with Bruce Almighty, with a similar 'guy gets supernatural power and abuses it for fun before learning the true meaning of family/love/giving/omnipotence through having it'.

When his son tires of his father's constantly letting him down and wishes his father would be rendered incapable of lying, Fletcher (Carrey) finds himself under the power of the spell. As a sleazy LA lawyer, it's nothing but trouble to his ruthless careerism and selfishness, and most of the film is elbow room for Carrey to do his stuff and plumb the comic possibilities of the predicament before the requisite moral. Funnier than his other early stuff.

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