Big Fat Liar is a 2002 kid's film starring Frankie Muniz as a 14-year-old Jason Shepherd, Amanda Bynes as 14-year-old Kaylee, and Paul Giamatti as the villain. Very over-the-top, although whatcanyouexpectfrom writer Dan Schneider.In a modern-day retelling of the Boy Who Cried Wolf, Jason Shepherd is a Big Fat Liar who lies all the time to everyone. Then a greedy movie director- Marty Wolf- steals his creative writing essay to use it as the basis for his next blockbuster, and no-one will believe Jason when he explains what happened. Thus, Jason decides that the only way to convince everyone that he's being honest is to sneak off to L.A. with his friend Kaylee and inflict a series of increasingly harmful pranks on Wolff until he has a nervous breakdown and confesses. Hilarity Ensues.It got 44% rotten on Rotten Tomatoes, but surprisingly received 3 stars from Roger Ebert.
This film provides examples of:
Adam Westing: Jaleel White. Don't call him Urkel—he will get pissed.
Adults Are Useless: While played straight in the beginning, Jason and Kaylee soon find that there is a healthy number of adults in Hollywood who help them in their payback plot.
Arcade Sounds: Jason plays a Pin Bot pinball table, which makes electro-mechanical sounds and chimes instead of the game's digital music and voices.
Asshole Victim: Wolf is such a huge jerk throughout the film that the studio's entire staff hates him. Naturally, everyone points and laughs and helps Jason expose him and get him fired.
Brick Joke: At one point in Jason's revenge scheme against Wolf, he tricks his assistant into having him going to a stunt actor's grandson's birthday party, with the kids mistaking his blue and orange "features" as his being a birthday clown. After he ends up fired, his new job is being an actual birthday clown.
Crying Wolf: Doing this all the time is what keeps everyone from believing that Jason lost his homework on his way to school. That and the fact that a director stealing a kid's script is highly improbable under ordinary circumstances, so unfortunately even if Jason didn't have a reputation as a liar, it would be a pretty easy thing to disbelieve anyway.
Groin Attack: Heavily implied to be what Marty (dressed as "Wolfy the Clown") got in the ending.
Heel-Face Turn: Monty has one, along with all of Marty Wolf's employees
Heroic Blue Screen of Death: Jason has a mild one when Marty breaks his promise to tell the truth about Big Fat Liar to Jason's parents in exchange for help on the movie and tells his security guard Rocko to send them back home to Michigan(but snaps out of it when Wolf's secretary Monty, who is fed up with Wolf's constant mistreatment towards her agrees to help them out.)
Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: Once he captures Jason and Kaylee, Wolf sends them back to the prop warehouse to pack for their flight home. The same warehouse where they previously got every tool they'd used against him so far....
Lonely at the Top. Marty is probably one of the most successful directors in the movie but he's pretty much alienated anyone close to him which ends up biting him in the rear.
Meaningful Name: Perpetual liar Jason Shepherd has his English paper stolen by Marty and, of course, Jason isn't believed when he explains this. Note: Their last names refer to Aesop's fable the Boy Who Cried Wolf.
Kaylee: I wanna see a broken man, people. I mean, broken as in, "I hit a baseball through the window" broken. I want you to turn him into mince meat, and I don't even know what mince meat is! I want him to cry for his mommy! "Wah! Wah! Mommy, mommy, mommy!" Do you read me?! 'Cause I don't think you read me!
Marty: Yeah, I stole your story, whoop-de-doodle-do! I STOLE JASON SHEPARD'S STORY AND TURNED IT INTO BIG FAT LIAR! Do you know who's listening? Nobody and get used to it. Because I will never-ever-never-ever-ever-ever-ever-infinity tell the truth!
Villain Ball: If Marty had just called Jason's father like he asked, Jason would have just let the whole thing go and he'd still have his movie. After all, who's going to believe Jason's father over a famous Hollywood producer?