Liar Liar

Fletcher Reede is a lawyer who will do anything to win court cases. Including telling lies. On the night of his son's fifth birthday, he is busy sleeping with his boss instead of being at the party. As five year old Max blows out the candles on his cake, he makes a wish that for only one day, his father would be able to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The wish comes true.

Fletcher is handling a divorce case where the prenuptial agreement states that as a result of the wife's infidelity, she is entitled to nothing. He was planning to manipulate the truth in order to win but the inability to lie renders this impossible.

At the same time, Fletcher's ex-wife, Audrey, is planning to move to the other side of the US with her boyfriend, taking Max with her. In court, Fletcher realises that his client was a minor when she got married, making the prenup void so she wins half the marital assets. He speeds off to the airport to catch his son, but Max is already on the plane which is on the runway preparing to take off. Hijacking a set of mobile stairs, he keeps the plane on the ground breaking both legs and being thrown in jail. A year later, the guest list at Max's 6th birthday party is select - just his parents. He blows out the candles, plunging the room into darkness. When Max turns the light on, Fletcher and Audrey are kissing. The film ends as it pans out from the house where Fletcher is chasing Max trying to tickle him.

Factual error: A minor only has a certain amount of time (typically, 6 months) to invalidate a contract entered into when such person was underage once that person turns 18 (or the age of emancipation in that state). This brings up a plot hole: If the marriage was not invalidated because Samantha Cole was underage, the prenuptial agreement would not be either, and Fletcher could not have used that argument to win the case, since he specifically states that she was seventeen at the time of her marriage.

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Fletcher: Look. I need to lie. Everybody lies. Mommy lies. Even the wonderful Jerry lies.
Max Reede: But you're the only one who makes me feel bad.

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Trivia: In the scene where Carrey is in the stretcher at the airport, if you look in the back of the crowd to the right, you will see Fire Marshall Bill from In Living Color. He can be seen when Carrey's ex-wife is speaking to the officer speaking on a walkie-talkie. (01:16:11)

T Poston

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Question: Wouldn't lying about your age constitute as fraud? If so, why was Samantha Cole let completely off the hook?

Answer: First of all, she's not "on the hook" anyway...this is a divorce proceeding, not a criminal trial. And second, this film has multiple inaccuracies in its depiction of the legalities involved (see Legal Eagle's two-part analysis on YouTube for a very good rundown); the fact that no-one brings up fraud is the least of them. It's not important to the plot, so it is simply brushed aside, counting on us (the audience) not worrying too much about it, like so many other lapses of reality in comedy movies.

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