In honor of my last year as a teenager, I decided to make this list of all the coming-of-age/high school/teen…
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.
apparently since 2002 some part of my brain has been devoted to remembering every single sentence in this goddamn movie
Real movie producers aren't this nice.
this is actually more like a 3/5 but i have nostalgia goggles on
literally paul giamatti's performance in this movie is flawless marty wolf is legit one of my favorite characters in anything ever.
and the writing is legitimately hilarious with some really amazing lines and the story is so ridiculous that you can't help but enjoy it.
it's also 10x funnier if you're watching it with friends.
this is extremely dated tho like the soundtrack is a testament to that this just screams early 2000s.
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 are a few moments when the two teen heroes are walking through the Universal Studios "backlot" and storage warehouse and the music swells with this dramatic sense of majesty. As a kid I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Now I see it's Universal stroking their own in their own movie.
SideNote: the image of a teenage Amanda Bynes laying on the hood of the Back to the Future DeLorean may be one of the most bizarre images I've seen in a while.
It's not as funny/good as I remembered it to be. Too unrealistic. But I could see myself watching it again
I remember in fourth grade I was so disappointed when all my friends saw this movie and really liked it, and I never got a chance to see it. Now that I finally saw it, I'm glad I'm not friends with my fourth grade friends anymore.
A metatextual commentary on authorship and the nature of truth featuring Paul Giammati's best performance. He truly commands the screen from the very beginning and never lets go.
the best ensemble comedy movie ever made
featuring the best montage to a fat boy slim song
This summer, I stopped and indeed stared, at Paul Giamatti nail it as the ultimate Big Fat Liar. Loved it in 2002. Love it now. The Hungry Like the Wolf scene where he comes out of the pool only to discover that his skin has been dyed BLUE is forever seared into my memory--in the best way. Peak Amanda Bynes and Malcolm in the Middle make my heart sing with joy. Holla back at the most obscurely-pronounced yet profuse song to blare on the radio of my summer camp bus and is now still stuck in my head after finishing this movie over 10 minutes ago:
No idea why i watched it.
honestly #iconic. amanda bynes in her prime and that OUTFIT she slayed us all with in the last part of the movie. fab. young frankie muniz stole my heart when i first saw this movie. love it.
not miss jason shepherd pulling off the biggest and most iconic scam in cinema history!
A list of films about filmmaking. Suggestions are more than welcome.
Documentaries (and batteries) not included.
i have so many nostalgic faves that i want - no NEED - to revisit so they can revitalise my…