Liar Liar

Liar Liar (1997)

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Corrected entry: The power of the wish is very inconsistent. Sometimes Fletcher has to be 100% honest, but sometimes he just can't tell a blatant lie. For example, when Miranda asks Fletcher if he enjoyed their sex, he says he's had better. When the judge asks Fletcher who beat him, he describes his own physical characteristics, deliberately fooling the judge into thinking he's talking about another person. Although it's not technically a lie, it's completely dishonest. If the power was consistent, in the former scene, Fletcher could've just said he enjoyed the sex. I'm sure he did enjoy it, even if he'd had better. So he would've been able to answer without lying, but without telling the full truth, like he did in the latter scene. Or alternatively, if the power was consistent, in the latter scene, Fletcher would've had to admit he beat himself.


Correction: He accurately answers the questions 100% honest each time. He has somewhat control of it, he can't lie but he can be clever about it. The after sex scene is an exception as he wasn't prepared for it, just like in the elevator and arriving at work. It was on his mind that he had better sex so it just came out at that point, honestly. But later he figures out he can't lie so he has to be clever about it. The judge asked him who did this to him, so instead of saying it was him he describes himself. This doesn't change the rules of the curse.


Corrected entry: Fletcher realizes that he cannot lie in court. So he decides to ask for a bathroom break so that he can beat himself up to buy more time. When he returns the judge asks him what his attacker looks like. Fletcher is able to lie by providing a full description of what this "mystery man" looks like. Not a minute after the judge asks if he can continue despite having been attacked, now Fletcher is back under the spell of not being able to lie as he replies that he indeed can proceed with the case.


Correction: He's not lying about what the "mystery man" looks like – he's describing himself.

Cubs Fan

Corrected entry: When Greta is quitting and asks Fletcher the question about the burglar suing her friend and he gives the wrong answer, he says "I didn't understand the question" which is a lie.


Correction: Greta did not ask what Fletcher would have gotten the burglar, she asked if the man getting the money was fair, and to Fletcher, a defense lawyer, it was not fair because he could have gotten the defendant more money. So in essence, he didn't understand the question. Greta meant fair to her friend, he was referring to fair for the burglar.


Corrected entry: When Jim Carrey is chasing the plane with the flight of stairs, he is able to catch up to it. The guy who fixed it must have been one hell of a mechanic because flights of stairs don't go over ten miles per hour, while most planes get up to 50 miles per hour when taxiing.

Correction: Planes generally taxi around 20 knots, which is about 23 miles per hour. Although in most cases, stairs wouldn't need to be driven that fast, they can certainly go faster in the event that they need to be repositioned to a different part of the airport, they wouldn't hold up airport traffic by only doing 10 miles an hour.


Corrected entry: In the state of California, all parties are required for consent to be recorded, much less be used in a court of law as evidence as one's infidelity in the tape recording we hear.


Correction: True, but irrelevant as the gentleman himself confesses to the adultery while on the stand. It's not illegal to present the recording, it just can't be taken into consideration by the court as evidence.

Phixius Premium member

What would be the point to presenting evidence that can't be considered as evidence?


Corrected entry: After Greta bails Fletcher out of jail, they are outside of the courthouse. Fletcher runs past a homeless man, then returns to him, taking handfuls of change from his pockets and throwing it at the man. Wouldn't you hear the change jingle in his pocket?

Correction: Not necessarily.


Corrected entry: Max's teacher is reading to her a class a story from Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs & Ham". Jim Carrey would later play the Grinch in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and Horton in "Horton Wears A Who!", both of which are stories by Dr. Seuss.

Correction: This movie was released in 1997, many years before the other two films. It's just a coincidence, not trivia.


Corrected entry: When Fletcher proves his client was underage at the time of the prenup making it void he also proved she was underage when signing the marriage license. This was previously corrected by stating "An underage person has a certain amount of time to invalidate a contract once the person turns 18 after which it then becomes valid". So fair enough - the marriage then becomes valid as they were married for longer than this period. However under the same law the pre nup would ALSO become valid at such time, making it a valid contract.


Correction: Most states allow marriage at a younger age with parental and/or judicial consent. A marriage is not the same kind of contract as a prenup agreement or any other agreement.


No, but any kind of contract with a minor - marriage or prenup - is ratified after a certain period after the 18th birthday if it is not specifically voided before that time. Both the marriage and the prenup should be valid given Samantha's age (for marriage in California the deadline is two years).

Corrected entry: If Samantha Cole had lied about her age on her pre-nup, that would constitute a fraud committed on both her husband and the court. Her husband would not be held liable to pay the money, given that fraud. She wouldn't get 11 million dollars. What she would get would be multiple felony convictions, as she has obviously perpetuated her lie on other official documents (i.e. the driver's license).

Correction: That's all very true, and there would likely be another fraud trial later, negating any settlement Mrs. Cole was to receive. But in terms of the prenup what happened in the film is correct.

Jason Hoffman

Under common law a contract with a minor is voidable, not automatically void. In most U.S. jurisdictions the deadline for avoiding a contract is 6 months after a minor's 8th birthday; in California, for a marraige, it is 2 years. The prenup would have been ratified as would the marriage. (Whether the terms of a particular prenup are enforcable either in part or in its entirety by its very nature is another queston that would need to be dealt with).

Corrected entry: After Fletcher has beat himself up in the bathroom, he is dragged back into the courtroom by a guard. He then tells the judge that he was beaten up and he even gives a description of the assailant - he is supposed to be impervious to lying.

Correction: He's not lying: he describes himself. That's the joke. That's why Fletcher closes his mouth over his "big teeth."

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When attempting to lie about the pen, Fletcher says to himself "You can beat this, it's all a matter of will power", which is a lie. He can't beat it, and it isn't a matter of will power.

Correction: No, but he is expressing his belief. He does not yet know what it is that prevents him from lying, so as far as he knows, it is a psychological thing that can be overcome by willpower.


Corrected entry: When Fletcher is chasing the plane on the flight of stairs and is trying to get the pilot's attention, the pilot says that they are clear for take-off. But wouldn't the control tower have informed them prior to that statement that they can't take off yet because someone is chasing them on a flight of stairs which would delay the take-off?

Correction: Obviously this was not the case. The tower may have been unaware that the stairs were taken, and it is only a minute or two that the plane is cleared from the time he took them. Also, the pilots report it to the tower, and decide not to take off, so the crisis is averted anyways.


Corrected entry: When Jim Carey's ex is helping him get his impounded car out of the tow yard, she pays with a check, but as she is handing the check in, a sign can be seen hanging above the counter that states that checks aren't accepted.

Correction: The sign says 'no checks accepted without check guarantee card'. Since we never see the start of the transaction, we have to assume that Audrey used her card.


Corrected entry: Whenever Fletcher makes fun of Mr. Allen he has to end his insult with "figuratively speaking" or else it would be a lie (his boss isn't actually cow dung). How come this rule doesn't apply to the other people he insults at the board meeting, such as "you have your head so far up Mr. Allen's ass I can't tell where you end and he begins"?


Correction: You're taking it too literally. Remember that Fletcher is being asked what he THINKS about people, not what they actually are. In the example you mentioned, of course the guy doesn't actually have his head up Mr Allen's ass, but to Fletcher he is essentially a brown nose, so it isn't a lie. He doesn't need to say 'figuratively speaking' every time.


Corrected entry: When Fletcher is beating himself up in the bathroom, watch the part with the soap. He squirts and rubs it only on his palms, but rubs his eyes with his fingers and screams.

Correction: Actually I watched this part and he rubs it on his whole hand, including his fingers. Maybe it wasn't a lot on his fingers but who wants to put a lot of soap in their eyes? He wasn't that desperate.


Corrected entry: No airline would ever serve beverages to passengers prior to take-off.

Gavin Jackson

Correction: Not true at all. I fly for business several times a month, and I usually am offered a beverage before we take off. This usually happens in First Class, but I have received beverages in coach as well.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where Fletcher is sitting outside the courthouse (court is in recess following Fletcher's self-battery), Samantha and her lover approach him to discuss their testimony. They agree that Fletcher will "walk them through the tape" and that they will give the explanation that he came up with. Problem is, Fletcher had never heard the tape before that day (or he would have known how it could be proved that the voice on the tape wasn't Cole himself). That being the case, he wouldn't have had the time to come up with a rationale for the tape, and even if he had, he couldn't have proposed any lies for them to tell. (Also, I'm not sure, but aren't the rules of discovery being violated, since Fletcher was apparently unaware of the contents of the tape and it was not being used for witness rebuttal?).


Correction: Firstly there was nothing to indicate Fletcher hadn't heard the tape. If you have a read of the script you will see he never admits to not hearing the tape. Secondly Fletcher was having a hard time keeping quiet so his outbursts were more out of frustration, as he says for his reason for objection "Because it's devastating to my case". That just means it was a damning piece of evidence, not that it hadn't been heard. Remember he couldn't lie so he would know that if he hadn't heard it he would likely make the court aware of it and that it would be inadmissible. Thirdly Fletcher never talked about his strategy of the case, only that they were going to lie. As pointed out he never admitted to not hearing the tape so being that he couldn't get through with his line of questioning because it contained lies, means that he more than likely wrote the questions and answers the day(s) before and knew about the tape.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: It is established that Fletcher is totally incapable of lying, even if he doesn't want anyone to believe the lie (e.g. the scene with the blue pen). That being the case, when he sarcastically remarks that Samantha Cole weighs 105 'in her bra', he shouldn't be able to say it as it's not true.

Correction: But from the tone in his voice we can tell he is saying it sarcastically. Everyone knows that her breasts aren't 105 pounds. Since it is meant sarcastically it isn't a lie.

James Storck

Corrected entry: In the scene at Max's birthday party, Audrey is talking to her boyfriend in the kitchen. She holds the candles in her right hand and then she moves her hand down towards the cake. In the very next frame, they show the cake with all of the candles already arranged on the cake.

Correction: If you look at how the candles are positioned, it is VERY possible that she put them all on the cake at once, not one at a time. This wouldn't have taken much time, roughly enough between the shots to appear natural.


Corrected entry: After the "The pen is blue" scene, Greta comes into Fletcher's office and says that the people from the case wanted to know if he had any intentions to settle when he yelled it in court. Flecter says "I just proposed a settlement to dick with them," which would be a lie. He proposed a settlement to try to get out of the case without ruining his career, not to mess with them.

Correction: They were talking about another case, not the one he just came from.


Revealing mistake: When Fletcher is beating himself up he goes into a stall and squishes his head with a toilet seat. You can see that the white part underneath is made out of foam because it keeps squashing down.

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Trivia: When Jim Carrey goes to his son's school and reveals that he cannot lie, his son asks him some questions, one being "If I make this face will it get stuck that way?", while of course making a funny face. Then Jim Carrey responds with, "Uh Uh, in fact some people make a good living that way". Do you think the second part of the line is in reference to himself? I think so... (00:42:31)

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Question: After Fletcher gets his son to try to unwish the "No lying" wish, he tests to see if it works. He gets slapped in the face. When his son asks "Did it work?", Fletcher says, "Not as well as I had hoped." What did he mean by that?

Answer: As you said, he was testing to see if the wish was broken--by going up to an attractive woman and talking to her. While we don't hear what happens, he apparently said something a little too "forward" to her (probably more forward than he would have done otherwise, hence the "not as well as I had hoped"), and got slapped, so he knew that he was still under the wish's effects.

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