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At Theaters: 2/8/2002 On Video: 9/24/2002
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 28 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 389904
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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Jason Shepherd, who has to prove that sleazy Hollywood producer Marty Wolf stole his class paper and turned it into a blockbuster hit movie, Big Fat Liar. Traveling to Los Angeles with his best friend Kaylee, Jason tries to break into show business - literally. Through a series of pranks and ruses, Jason brings one of Hollywood's most powerful producers to his knees.

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Comedy - A silly little family comedy that most should find entertaining enough. The pace is fairly quick and the jokes mostly work, but the story is certainly on the silly side. It's the perfect movie for young teens and children. Parents will likely not be too bored.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Frankie Muniz MY DOG SKIP
Paul Giamatti DUETS, BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE, MAN ON THE MOON
Amanda Bynes TV's THE AMANDA SHOW
Amanda Detmer BOYS AND GIRLS
Donald Faison REMEMBER THE TITANS
Lee Majors OUT COLD
Director: Shawn Levy DEAD MAN'S GUN
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Only a few very mild words.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Just some cartoon type violence played for laughs.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: Some chasing around is about it.
COMEDY: Not extremely funny, but a decent amount of humor.
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Below Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Poor "How appealing is Muniz, taking a break from ''Malcolm in the Middle,'' a day job he should by no means let go of? Let's call him the next-generation Fred Savage.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Poor "Big Fat Liar is proof that a movie does not have to be saturated with gross-out humor to exist near the bottom of the comedy barrel. A lame collection of dumber-than-dumb gags, the quality of Big Fat Liar is on par with that of the worst television sit-com gorged to four times its normal size.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "...a surprisingly entertaining movie--one of those good-hearted comedies like "Spy Kids" where reality is put on hold while bright teenagers outsmart the best and worst the adult world has to offer. It's ideal for younger kids, and not painful for their parents.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "The predictable story is saved by the considerable charm of Muniz, though this is not his funniest, or best, moment, particularly when contrasted with his deft comic turns in the darkly funny Malcolm in the Middle and his more emotionally nuanced role in My Dog Skip.''

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 284 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
120
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
12
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
29
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
10
High
80%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
8
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
42
High
95%
30+Adults (F)
63
Very High
97%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

For this type of movie, (silly little comedy), these are some OUTSTANDING OPINIONS! Neither age or gender made any significant difference in the opinions. NEARLY EVERYONE LOVED "BIG FAT LIAR." DON'T MISS IT! It's a GREAT FAMILY MOVIE!

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
This is an entertaining little comedy the entire family should enjoy. It's not great, but it is entertaining throughout with a decent amount of humor. If you've got younger teens or children this is a good family movie that even adults should enjoy.

I predict it will receive a lot of "Very Good" to "Excellent" opinions and very few opinions below "Good/Avg." Kids and young teens should rate it on the high end and adults in the "Very Good" to "Good" range.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Who's afraid of the big bad Wolf? Not Jason Shepherd (Frankie Muniz). This 14-year-old thinks on his feet and when he has to prove that sleazy Hollywood producer Marty Wolf (Paul Giamatti) stole his class paper and is turning it into the blockbuster movie Big Fat Liar, he is ready for battle. Traveling to Los Angeles from his home in Michigan with his best friend Kaylee (Amanda Bynes), Jason tries to break into show business — literally. The result? Through a hilarious series of pranks and ruses, Jason brings one of Hollywood's most powerful producers to his knees.

The thing is — and it's not a good thing — Jason and Marty have something in common. Marty spends many of his waking hours dodging the truth, sometimes shading it, and often just plain lying. It's as natural to him as breathing, even a badge of honor. He gets away with it, considers it one more necessary weapon in his arsenal for surviving the fiercely competitive Hollywood trenches.

It's not pretty. It's not right. But it's another matter altogether that 14-year-old Jason is just as comfortable and just as skilled at twisting the truth. It's not that Jason wants to lie. But when he's caught in a scrape — and he often is — he invents a good story. It's that simple.

After Jason's parents and teacher catch him trying to cover up yet another misadventure, they issue an ultimatum: come up with an overdue English term paper in one day or get ready for summer school. Highly motivated, Jason feverishly writes a story called Big Fat Liar. But while he races to deliver the story to his teacher, his bicycle slams into the limousine of Hollywood producer Marty Wolf, who is in Michigan working on his latest production.

The paper literally falls into Wolf's lap, and Jason arrives at school with nothing but a very colorful excuse. This time it's true, but try telling his parents. They have lost all faith in Jason and that hurts much more than he'd ever imagined. He has no way to undo the damage until a few months later when he sees a preview for Wolf's latest movie — Big Fat Liar. Willing to do whatever it takes to restore his parents' trust, Jason decides to go to Hollywood to prove that he wasn't crying wolf. And that means a different kind of Wolf is about to meet his match.

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