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[Carrey]'s dialed back the onscreen insanity... Read full review

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  • 3.0

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Enjoyable enough for what it is, a clever idea developed by fits and starts.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Yes, yes, it's Liar Liar 2.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    This is basically a nerd-loosening-his-tie romantic comedy done in the manic-compulsive mode of "Liar Liar."

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Carrey's most satisfying live-action effort since "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Starts out wobbly but ends up quite nicely, primarily because Carrey has a wonderful acting partner in Zooey Deschanel.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Carrey comedy breaks no new ground but draws ample laughs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy will likely appeal to young Jim Carrey fans excited to see him back on familiar (i.e. non-dramatic) turf. Although it's not as crude as the "gross out" comedies that have been so popular recently, there is some iffy stuff -- including a scene in which an elderly woman offers to perform oral sex on the main character (his facial expressions are shown) and another in which his bare butt is visible. There's also plenty of swearing -- everything from "ass" to "f--k" -- and a lot of product placement.

  • Families can talk about why kids want to see this movie -- is it because of the story or because Jim Carrey is in it?
  • What makes something a "Jim Carrey" comedy? Would you like his moviesas much if a different actor starred in them? Do you like his dramaticmovies? Why or why not?
  • Discuss the movie's message. Why is Carl the way heis in the beginning? What does he learn? Is the lesson applicable inreal life, or just fodder for a Hollywood blockbuster?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: A man learns only to say "yes" when he means it.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: A man tries to inject joy and excitement into his life by saying "yes"to any opportunity that comes his way, even if he doesn't want to. Indoing so, he misleads others into thinking that he's saying "yes"because he wants to, though he doesn't mean any harm.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A man gets beaten up after he unknowingly makes a pass at someone else's girlfriend while drunk. He makes matters worse by hurling more insults during the fight. Another character throws a rock at a window and shatters it, causing guards to come running after him.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Kissing (some chaste, some fairly passionate); a man shows off his backside while wearing a hospital gown. An elderly woman propositions a much younger man and pleasures him orally; she takes off her dentures, and then the man's face is shown on camera morphing from overwhelmed to shocked to ecstatic.

  • language false3

    Language: A fair amount for a PG-13-rated film. Words include "bastard," "s--t," "f--k," and more.

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Hello, product placement! The treatment is sort of subtle, but many brands are name checked, including Starbucks, Super Shuttle, Big 5, Sports Chalet, Brea Federal, Nokia, Rolling Rock, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A fair amount of imbibing -- mostly social drinking, though sometimes the goal is to get drunk.