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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • A common fan-theory is that there is no magic wish at work here, and is actually just Fletcher finally having a mental breakdown after feeling bad about lying for so long.
    • Samantha Cole. Was she always a cold-hearted Gold Digger, or was she a much nicer person before Fletcher's Tina Turner speech pushed her over the edge?
    • Max:
      • The movie portrays him as The Woobie, owing to his parent's divorce. However, to some, he's viewed as a Spoiled Brat who only cares about what he wants. Though it's also worth remembering that Max is only five or six years old.
      • When Fletcher and Audrey share a kiss at the end of the movie, Fletcher almost immediately asks Max if he wished for his parents to get back together. Max denies this, saying he wished for roller blades. Was Max was being truthful or not? While Fletcher had changed for the better since the truth curse was placed upon him, divorced couples rarely get back together and wishing for his parents to reconcile is a common wish among children of divorced parents, especially ones who are Max's age. The fact that we hear the same "magical sparkle" sound during this wish that we did during the previous birthday wish seems to indicate that Max was lying about his wish, but there is still room for debate.
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    • Miranda has several.
      • What exactly were Miranda's initial feelings towards Fletcher? Was she just a mutual co-worker who seduced Fletcher into having sex with her as her way of offering a simple team-up with added benefits? Or was she always romantically interested in Fletcher knowing his reputation, and that finally witnessing his lying skills was the moment she realized he's the perfect man for her being everything she wants in an Amoral Attorney? The "I've had better" comment that resulted in Miranda becoming a Woman Scorned could be taken both ways with this. Did Miranda only end up hating Fletcher because he made fun of her? Or did she feel betrayed that Fletcher chose to say something hurtful after she went all out showing her feelings towards him?
      • Miranda could also be a cold-hearted Gold Digger. She knows Fletcher is on the verge of becoming a high-profile Amoral Attorney if he wins the Cole case, which means that Fletcher is set to get paid good money. As a result, Miranda decides to "team-up" with Fletcher in an attempt to get at his dough.
      • One could argue that Miranda shows signs of possibly being a sex addict given how quick she was to seduce Fletcher into sleeping with her, and that the reason she came to hate Fletcher so much after the "I've had better" comment was because she prided herself as someone who was good in bed. The fact Fletcher got away with truthfully roasting her as a Slut in front of the law firm committee really makes you wonder if he perhaps knew "certain things" about Miranda given that they probably worked at the same law firm for years.
      • When Miranda overhears Fletcher talking about how he's unable to tell a lie, does she take advantage of this to get Fletcher to admit what he thinks of his boss and possibly get fired because of what he said after they had sex, because she's just mean, or because the firm needs to win this case and if he gets in trouble, he'll get replaced with a lawyer who can tell lies?
  • Fountain of Memes: Considered one of Jim Carrey's best comedies; appropriately, Fletcher Reede is endlessly quotable.
    • The pen is blue!
    • I'm kicking my ass, DO YOU MIND?
    • I object! Because it's devastating to my case.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Just think about how Fletcher Reede getting through airport security, hijacking equipment, and throwing his shoes to stop a moving plane would've gone over if the film had been made more recently.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The bloopers. Jim Carrey moving in on Krista Allen in the elevator looks quite awkward in the current day after many people were hit with sexual allegations in the later half of The New '10s.
    • The scenes of Miranda raping Fletcher and Samantha groping and sexually assaulting him that are played for laughs are just as awkward in the wake of the Me Too! Movement.
    • Fletcher hijacking airport equipment in the climax. In the post-9/11 world, Fletcher would've been shot way before he could dramatically stop the plane.
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  • He Really Can Act: The scenes with Fletcher and his son are rather poignant at times (especially at the end), showing some dramatic depths Carrey hadn't really shown before. The next year, he'd demonstrate he could range far into the dramatic side.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Turns out Samantha Cole was under 18 when she got married, meaning she looked older. As of 2018, her actress still doesn't look like she's 60.
    • At one point, Fletcher sings an altered version of the theme from Mighty Mouse. Jim Carrey would later star in Man on the Moon, where he re-enacted Andy Kaufman's lip-synching to the theme song.
    • Fletcher pulls Max out of class as his teacher is reading them Green Eggs and Ham. In the decade following this movie, Carrey would go on to star in not one but two Dr. Seuss adaptations.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The woman in the elevator, played by Krista Allen.
  • Shipping Goggles: You'd be surprised to discover that there are some people who think Fletcher and Miranda would have made for an interesting couple... at least before Max's wish took effect. It helps that Fletcher's ex, Audrey, that you're supposed to be rooting for him to get back together with is just not that interesting of a character.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The scene with the pen is full-on Jim at his hamiest. "The goddamn pen is blue!"
    • Fletcher beating himself up in the bathroom in an effort to get the Cole case postponed is also quite memorable.
  • The Un-Twist: In the ending, when Max makes his second birthday wish in the film and turns the lights back on, Fletcher and his ex are kissing romantically, which prompts the following exchange.
    Fletcher: Max! Did you wish for your mother and I to get back together again?
    Max: Nope. I wished for rollerblades!
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Jerry, Audrey's new love interest after she splits up with Fletcher, clearly has fallen head over heels with Audrey, tries to bond with Max by emulating Fletchers "The Claw" act, and even at the end gives up Audrey because she still clearly has a torch for Fletcher, his only "evil" act is to try and get Audrey and Max to move to the other side of the country with him, which he honestly believes they want to do, the poor guy does his best and still ends up second best.
  • The Woobie: Mrs. Cole's children and their father after the trial. They make it very clear they want to go with him and not her, and she literally drags them away in tears while snarling at Mr. Cole that he hasn't "paid for them yet." She intends to make it so that he no longer has any legal right to see them again. Good God...


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