2002
Rated: PG
Genre: Kids Comedy
Directed By: Shawn Levy
Running Time: 1:28
Review by: Felix Vasquez Jr.
Review Date:
DVD Features:
Audio commentary by director Shawn Levy and Bynes, Amanda
Deleted scenes
Behind-the-scenes featurette
If you like this, try: Ferris Bueller's day off, Max Keeble's big move
BIG FAT LIAR
(Satisfactory... and that's no lie)

 

Jason Shepherd (Frankie Muniz  Malcolm in the Middle) is a slacker and he always tends to get into mischief; the problem is, he's a liar who tends to fib to get him out of the toughest situations. Eventually, all of it comes back to him when he is hit by a car and made late for school. He hitches a ride with a limo seating a Hollywood producer named Marty Wolf (Paul Giamatti  Planet of the Apes, The Negotiator) who steals young Jason's essay called "Big Fat Liar" and makes it into a movie. Jason misses a school deadline and decides to go to Hollywood to get revenge on the ruthless producer. Now he and his best friend Kaylee (Amanda Bynes  What I like about you, All That) are out for revenge and will stop at nothing to get back his paper.
   Well, I went into this movie with expectations and sure enough they were all met. This is pretty enjoyable and not vile like a recent kid's comedy I saw (Max Keeble's big move). The movie's plot though not original is actually funny. Frankie Muniz plays his character to great tenacity as we get to see him in a whole different light as a person. He's great and very believable as a truly problem prone young guy. He tended to remind me of a younger "Ferris Bueller" and he made me smile often. Amanda Bynes tends to work with what very little she has in this movie as she is great with her constant voice and imitations. Probably the character that stood out the most was the versatile Paul Giamatti who does good with his role and is very very unlikable.

It wasn't a surprise that this movie wasn't perfect. Nowadays, no movie is truly perfect. The whole plot within itself is so farfetched that after awhile it turns from likable to hard to believe. Frankie Muniz and Amanda Bynes travel to Hollywood yet we never get an explanation as to why a fourteen year old boy whose parents don't trust him manages to afford plane tickets to Hollywood. The kids also manage to scheme their way into tricking a limo driver into thinking their associates of Marty Wolf, yet the driver never questions them nor does he double-check for proof. The entire movie tends to take goofy twists and turns without description like that. The climax of the movie that really bugged me was when the kids assemble a team to seek final revenge on Marty and most of it seemed so far-fetched. For example: how did they manage to fit a huge computer monitor and mini-graphics under one night? Plot holes like that seemed to annoy me too much. I wanted to see more of Amanda Bynes' character but she does tend to get very little for a character with such a big presence. Throughout the entire movie she tends to outshine Muniz with her hilarious voice impressions and goofy expressions. The movie's finale is perhaps one of the cheesiest and most far-fetched of all, I won't ruin it for you, check this out.

Kids will love and enjoy it most, but parents won't; it's a fun movie with a cheesy premise, but it wasn't awful.