BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: A hotshot habitual liar-of-a-lawyer named Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) is forced to tell the truth for 24 hours after his borderline-neglected son’s birthday wish actually comes true. Naturally, this happens on the most important day of his career where he’s forced to defend an undeserving, mildly gold-digging woman (Jennifer Tilley) in a divorce settlement, but can only win it if he lies. Being incapable of lying compels him to reevaluate how he treats his son and lives his life, but, naturally, hilarity ensues.
WHO’S IN IT: Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilley, Cary Elwes, Swoosie Kurtz, Maura Tierney
WHEN IT CAME OUT: 1997
HOW COME YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF (OR JUST SEEN) IT: There’s no way you haven’t seen this, and if you haven’t seen it, there’s no way you haven’t heard of it, unless for some strange reason you’ve been living in a fallout shelter over the past 16 years. (16 freaking years since this came out!!! Who here feels as old as I do?!)
WHY YOU NEED TO WATCH IT IMMEDIATELY:
- Liar Liar came out when Jim Carrey was in his comedic prime. This movie is quirky and hilarious, and while comedy in general may have (arguably) gotten more sophisticated since then, this movie is a classic and should be re-watched at least once a year.
- A quintessential, kid-friendly adult movie (or adult-friendly kid movie? Not really sure which here), it has jokes for the ‘rents and silliness for the kids (or maybe the silliness is for the adults… hmm).
- The ability to see what it would be like to have to tell the truth and say all of the things you mean to say, but never do because it’s more polite to lie. Carrey really says all of the things we’re constantly thinking, but will never ever say out loud.
- The bathroom scene. Thank me later.