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Saturday, 6 November 2010
Sick of his dad (Jim Carrey) constantly lying and letting him down five-year-old Max (Justin Cooper) wishes on his birthday that his dad could go for 24 hours without lying, only for it to come true with hilarious results, due to dad being a lawyer who lies constantly in and out of court and the office.
As a laugh-about this is a hugely entertaining piece of comedy, with a rather farcical feel to it, thanks to superb comic timing from Jim Carrey, who makes the character of Fletcher, irresistably charming when he can still lie, and so over-the-top and big throughout the film, with a massive range of physical distortions and actions, and a vast amount of comical facial expressions, and deliciously weird vocal contortions, bringing so much energy and excitement to the role. However, this is also the film's main drawback as almost the entire film centres on the over-the-top, wild and energetic Jim Carrey and the whole hyperactive man-in-child's-body thing just gets so tedious after forty-five minutes that you cheer at the end when he has a truly serious moment.
As for the plot, it is a great idea as the whole idea of not being able to do something that makes our lives really easy every day no longer able to happen is something many people subconsciously worry about. And the consequences are naturally hugely entertaining and over-the-top, full of physical and verbal gags, and the frankness is so deep you realize just when lying is appropriate.
In short, Carrey may make it a very energetic entertaining film, but he does get tedious, although the screenplay is a fresh and interesting one, with some very good verbal and physical gags.
Stars: Jim Carrey, Justin Cooper, Maura Tierney, Cary Elwes, Anne Haney, Amanda Donohoe, Jennifer Tilly, Jason Bernard, Eric Pierpoint, Swoosie Kurtz, Cheri Oteri, Mitchell Ryan, Chip Mayer, Randall 'Tex' Cobb, SW Fisher, Ben Lemon, Jarrad Paul, Marianne Mullerleile, Don Keefer, Paul Roache.
Golden Globe nomination: Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical (Jim Carrey).