Monday, 16 August 2010

Movie Meme, Day 16: A Guilty Pleasure Movie

I think I’ve said it before, I don’t believe in guilty pleasure – if it’s pleasure why be guilty. I really can’t think of a film I’m honestly embarrassed to like (hello, I’m blogging aren’t I), but I’ll bite the bullet. I thought of focusing on a film that was bad – a film I recognised as bad – but one I’d sit down and watch nonetheless. I was coming up with nothing, but then I settled on one. It’s not necessarily bad (B/B- territory, for me) – Liar, Liar. It’s a good comedic outing from Jim Carey, a film that’s liked but not particularly respected and one that I appreciate unequivocally.
I’m a moderate Jim Carey fan. Sometimes he’s excellent (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show) and generally on point with general comedy (Ace Ventura, The Mask, Lemony Snicket),. Of his nineties’ films Liar, Liar charms me the most. Carey plays the eponymous liar of the title. He is Fletcher Reed – an unreliable father as well as a lawyer, though due to a birthday wish of his son he must reluctantly mend his ways. The very conceit of the film depends on a suspension of belief that’s reasonably ridiculous in some ways. I’m not even sure that I buy it completely, sometimes. Nonetheless, there’s something about Liar, Liar that makes it difficult for me to resist it.
On a purely comedic level it might not even be Carey’s best work, but when all the good things about Liar, Liar coalesce it’s hard to fault it – too harshly. Maura Tierney (always good in E.R.) plays well alongside Carey as his ex-wife and Justin Cooper plays well as his son. However, when I think of supporting comedic players in Liar, Liar (and in Carey films in general) I rarely get past Jennifer Tilly’s hilarious stint as a cantankerous client of Fletcher. There is a certain scene where she and Carey face off in court that’s probably the film’s highpoint for me. It never fails to get me laughing every time.
I suppose as far as pleasure goes there’s nothing guilty about Liar, Liar. But I figured by hook or crook I’d get it in on the MEME.


Cal said...

I thought this for the first time a week or so ago, and was impressed with Carrey. His cranky, madcap ways bug me sometimes, but I find him hysterical in this.

The film itself is very old-fashioned, occasionally charming, but not very challenging.

Mike Lippert said...

Excellent pick. I like this movie too.

Rodney said...

Liar Liar is by far Jim Carrey's funniest film. I always laugh at the bit with the blue pen. Makes me almost wet myself every time!!!

Jose said...

I frown at the term "guilty pleasure" I think if we all can justify why we love what we do, there's no need to feel guilty about anything!
Unless of course it's illegal...then I'm lost.

Also nice choice, my brothers love this and I love that kid's hair, it's like a helmet sooooo cool!

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

cal yes, not very challenging but still enjoyable. glad you like.

mike thank you.

rodney bringing that up just made me laugh out loud. that part is the entire film, it's funny but never over the top.

jose yeah, it sort of implies that whatever you like is something NOT worth liking.