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Big Fat Liar
The truth is never overrated
Fourteen-year-old Jason Shepherd (Muniz) has a reputation for stretching the truth. So, when big-time Hollywood producer Marty Wolf (Paul Giamatti) steals his class paper and turns it into a smash movie, no one believes Jason's latest tall tale! On a cross-country adventure to set the record straight, Jason and best friend Kaylee (Bynes) devise a high-tech plan to squeeze the truth out of Wolf.
How do you relax after marathoning the 10 hours of emotional trauma which is The Human Condition? You watch Big Fat Liar motherfucker
Back when malcolm in the middle was gonna be a huge star this film was the bees tits. I used to watch this film all the live long day so excuse me if i slap on my nostalgia goggles for a moment. Turk Turkleton and Paul Giamatti (who has /never/ had a dull role) join Malcolm and the late Amanda Bynes in one of the best feel-good adventure films of all-time. This film taught kids that if you ran away from home to Hollywood you could sleep in the backlot with all the props and the vending machines would let you drink all the coke you want. The American Dream for kids. Big Fat Liar is a champion of the innocence and brilliance of youthful perception. A love letter to cinema and everything in it.
Real movie producers aren't this nice.
I wish they'd do a spin-off of Marty Wolfe. Have it highlight his uneventful childhood and show his rise to being a "big fat lying" Hollywood Basterd. And bring back Giamatti for the role...
Sounds fun... Who's with me?
"Give me back my monkey"
I know I do this a lot, but I couldn't resist watching another one of my childhood movies, but Big Fat Liar takes the cake.
Even after 12 years of watching it, revisiting it was not a mistake.
The child friendly comedy is still there, but it's not the usual toilet jokes and cheap sing-alongs. No. They got Shawn Levy to direct...
If you have been living under a rock that overshadows early live action Teen Disney shows then you would not remember Shawn Levy. If so, he's the director of several very successful and very funny live action Disney shows directed at an adolescent audience; these shows include Drake and Josh, and iCarly.
there's nostalgia for ya
Big Fat Liar is one of those movies that proves how much we can misjudge a movie when we're young (it also feels like one big advertisement for Universal Studios). As a pre-teen back when this movie came out twelve years ago, I remember being all over it, and I can see why; it's certainly made with that kind of demographic in mind. But twelve years later, it's far too silly, kiddie and rushed to scoot by on nostalgic value, I'm sorry to say. And when I say rushed, I mean it. Seriously, it seems like characters in this movie can be convinced to do something they initially didn't want to do with a simple shift of the wind. The…
there's nostalgia for ya
I've told this story before and I'll tell it again: when the movie came out on DVD, I went down to Blockbuster to buy a copy and at the checkout desk, a guy walked past, doubled back, pointed his finger at blue Giamatti on the cover and exclaimed 'that's funny!' in a squeaky voice and left.
funny parts, good cameo's including Lee Majors (The Fall Guy)
A great, funny story.
one of my childhood favorites that i still love
Cute and still kind of funny. Cast is full of recognizable faces (Taran Killam?). Amanda Bynes was surprisingly good.
-Career making performance for Taran Killam
-Paul Giamatti's greatest performance
-the fact that they were able to adapt and green light the production of the fictitious Big Fat Liar film after Marty having acquired the story the day before
-Donald Faison's greatest performance
-Paul Giamatti's blue skin
-Best cinematic use of the song "Blue (Da Ba Dee)"
-Career making performance for John Cho
-That awesome warehouse with the raptor and delorean and shit
-Paul Giamatti's stuffed monkey Mr. Funnybone
-Ridiculously expensive 12 camera setup
-that dog lady
-Kenan Thompsons split second cameo
-Name drops of Adam Sandler and Steven Soderberg
-The fact that everyone is so hyped about a movie about a guy who grows when he lies, cause that's so fucking amazing!
-the fact that you're not allowed into school after the bell rings
-Paul Giamatti's hairline
-that monster truck dude
-Amanda Bynes being an annoying bitch the whole time
A gem of yesteryear. Also like damn the stakes are stressfully high for a kids' movie!!!
This is actually more entertaining than most tween movies from my childhood...
It's an entirely inaccurate depiction of Hollywood with a surprisingly large (future) star cast.
A list of films about filmmaking. Suggestions are more than welcome.
Documentaries (and batteries) not included.