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Big Fat Liar (2002)

After a young boy's school essay erroneously finds its way into the hands of a Hollywood producer who turns the idea into a hit film, the boy travels to Los Angeles to claim his credit.

Director:

Shawn Levy

Writers:

Dan Schneider (story), Brian Robbins (story) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Muniz ... Jason Shepherd
Paul Giamatti ... Marty Wolf
Amanda Bynes ... Kaylee
Amanda Detmer ... Monty Kirkham
Donald Faison ... Frank Jackson
Sandra Oh ... Mrs. Phyllis Caldwell
Russell Hornsby ... Marcus Duncan
Michael Bryan French ... Harry Shepherd
Christine Tucci ... Carol Shepherd
Lee Majors ... Vince
Sean O'Bryan ... Leo
Amy Hill ... Joscelyn Davis
John Cho ... Dustin 'Dusty' Wong
Matthew Frauman ... Lester Golub
Don Yesso ... Rocco Malone
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Storyline

A take on the classic tale "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", this is the story of a 14-year-old boy named Jason Shephard who lies for the fun of it. He leaves an important story assignment entitled "Big Fat Liar" in movie producer Marty Wolf's limo, which Marty then turns into a film. When Jason sees a movie preview of his story, he and his best friend, Kaylee, travel to Los Angeles to make Marty confess to using his story, to clear his name, and to get him out of having to attend summer school. Jason then has to match wits with Marty, who also turns out to be a big liar. Written by Anna <annachan@amazon.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The truth is never overrated See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lost and Found See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,554,015, 10 February 2002

Gross USA:

$48,360,547

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,970,014
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Paul Giamatti and Amanda Bynes would later lend their voices in the 2005 family-comedy, Robots (2005). See more »

Goofs

When Jason crashes into the limo you can clearly see the damaged bicycle. After Marty agrees to give Jason a lift and he goes to get into the limo, the bicycle is gone. See more »

Quotes

Marty Wolf: You can take it from me, the truth, it's overated.
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Crazy Credits

Film title logo appears once end credits are finished See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original theatrical release, the E.T. 20th Anniversary variant of the then-current Universal logo opened the film. This is plastered on the DVD and Blu-ray releases with the standard variant of said logo. Recent television broadcasts use the 2012 Universal Pictures logo. See more »

Connections

References Family Matters (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Disco Inferno
Written by Leroy Green and Ron Kersey (as Tyrone G. Kersey)
Performed by The Trammps
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Very nice kids movie; adults can play spot the connection.
10 February 2002 | by klantrySee all my reviews

Broad comedy, minimized violence, recognizable stars - drop the kids off at the matinee and you're in good shape.

If you go along with them, you can play spot the movie connection. Half the movie is set at Universal Studios Los Angeles. Aside from the obvious (character walking past the Norman Bates House, etc.), the producers left dozens of props from other movies lying around. (I already submitted the cars from "Back to the Future" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".) It's almost like the movie is one big plug for the Universal Studios tour.

Speaking of plugs: Note the obvious ones for Coca-Cola and the E.T. re-release.

Parental Guidance note: Please be sure to explain to your kids that a) Hollywood is not a nice place to run away to, and b) they shouldn't expect to get hugs and encouragement after they run away.


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