Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1997. Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment. Screenplay by Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur. Cinematography by Russell Boyd. Produced by Brian Grazer. Music by John Debney. Production Design by Linda DeScenna. Costume Design by Judy L. Ruskin. Film Editing by Don Zimmerman. Golden Globe Awards 1997.
One of Jim Carrey‘s better comedies is this very funny concept comedy about a young boy who makes a birthday wish that his unreliable lawyer father never tell another fib. Through Hollywood’s frequent use of unexplained magical whimsy, the boy’s wish comes true, and for an effective block of time, Carrey is completely unable to tell a single lie to his son, his ex-wife or anyone he works with, something that in his business gets him into a whole lot of trouble. Amanda Donohoe has a sexy cameo as an office co-worker and Jennifer Tilly is her usual exotically comic self as his latest court case, but the film undoubtedly belongs to Carrey’s rubber face and complete inability to play anything down. For a movie with a plot that sounds like something a studio exec’s assistant spun off his brain to avoid getting fired, it’s actually quite a lot of fun, and the outtakes during the end credits are even more fun than the movie itself. Kids who see the whole divorce-cured plotline at the end will hopefully be smart enough to avoid being led on by it.