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Big Fat Liar Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    How appealing is Muniz, taking a break from ''Malcolm in the Middle,'' a day job he should by no means let go of?

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Not so admirably, the film feels at times like a giant commercial for Universal Studios.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    Plays so flat, so to close its "movie message" formula, that it seems as if we've seen this movie before.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A surprisingly entertaining movie -- one of those good-hearted comedies like "Spy Kids" where reality is put on hold while bright teenagers outsmart the best and worst the adult world has to offer. It's ideal for younger kids, and not painful for their parents.

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OK for kids 9+

Really likeable family comedy set in cutthroat Hollywood.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Big Fat Liar is a funny take on ruthlessness in Hollywood full of puerile pratfall humor and name-calling. There are instances of bullying throughout the film -- especially at the beginning -- and the character stereotypes (dumb jock, senile grandmother) are plentiful. While the madcap antics of Frankie Muniz, Amanda Bynes and Paul Giamatti will appeal to kids and grown-ups, lessons on the importance of being honest are found amid all the silliness.

  • Families can talk about why people lie and how it feels not to be trusted. When someone is caught in a lie, how can he or she regain the trust of those who have been disappointed?
  • Would you like to see the movie based on Jason's story? What do you think it would be like?
  • Do you think Frankie Muniz and Amanda Bynes have made a successful transition to movies after being stars of their own TV shows?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Promotes, eventually, the importance of telling the truth over lying, and shows how lying on a regular basis violates the trust between kids and parents, besides raising doubts even when "big fat liars" tell the truth.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The two main characters lie to try to fool their teacher, then later use their "gifts" for lying to try and take down the Hollywood studio exec who lied about where he got the inspiration for his latest hit movie. Parents are concerned about the lying, but also conveniently leave town for a week when the story requires it. Lots of character stereotypes: dumb jock, blind/deaf/senile grandmother, pompous/shouty Hollywood studio exec.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A character is knocked off his skateboard by a group of bullies, who also push and shove him before stealing the skateboard. While not shown, a character is kicked in the groin, replete with sound effects to drive the point home. A character dressed as a clown is shown being knocked over by a group of young kids at a birthday party; all of whom take turns jumping, tackling, and leaping on top of the clown.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not applicable

  • language false2

    Language: Name-calling: "Up yours," "retardo," "You suck." A character shouts from off-camera that a "dookie" has clogged the toilet.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Coca-Cola cans and a vending machine are prominently featured.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adult social drinking, and an adult character lights a cigar, but instead of smoking it, uses it to burn some papers.