Hello, internet! My name is Kelly and I've spent a lot of my quarantine rewatching ridiculous yet delightful 2000s movies. Recently, I decided to rewatch one of my favorite movies from when I was a kid: Big Fat Liar.
It's the story of a 14-year-old compulsive liar who seeks revenge after an evil Hollywood producer steals his creative writing assignment and turns it into a movie. It stars Frankie Muniz, Amanda Bynes, and Paul Giamatti, and it's a wonderful mess. Here are some thoughts and questions I had while rewatching the movie as an adult:
1.First of all, why didn't Jason just use this whole meatball story for his assignment in the first place?
2.How is Jason not more injured? This boy literally just got run over by a limo!
3.Marty's face describes exactly how I feel when I don't want to make conversation in an Uber Pool.
4.Wow, I did not catch that Roger Ebert joke as a kid!
5.I know Marty's in a slump, but is a top Hollywood producer really SO desperate that he's looking at middle school homework for ideas?
6.How did they write a full screenplay and shoot a whole trailer in like two weeks? Also, if you're gonna steal someone's idea, wouldn't you at least change the name of the story to make it less obvious?!
7.Is babysitting and yard work money really enough to pay for two tickets across the country? That's, like, hundreds of dollars.
8.I know it's L.A. and everything is supposed to be ridiculous, but wouldn't the driver ask to see I.D. before believing that a 14-year-old kid is a rich business owner?
9.The "your car is parked on a dog" prank was funny to me as a kid, but now this scene just stresses me out. I too would be very upset to receive a phone call like this.
10.I don't know anyone who just keeps a full bar in their work office like this, but I am now getting ideas.
11.I kind of wish Amanda Bynes would steal my job and schedule me a massage appointment.
12.I have decided I will be doing all of my shopping in prop closets from now on.
13.The most iconic part of the movie! Wait, would it be possible to actually dye someone's entire body blue like that? Also, how would Marty not notice while he was getting out of the pool?
14.Maybe my mind is just in the gutter, but this sounds super sexual out of context and it's making me laugh.
15.Who is this child and why does he want to hurt clowns?
16.I'm no Hollywood expert, but wouldn't you, like, wait to see how a movie does at the box office before you call it a complete failure and threaten to pull all funding? Seems a little extreme.
17.Has Jason's sister not called to check on him once? Worst. Babysitter. Ever.
18.I know Marty is a horrible boss, but it's pretty wild that a whole group of Hollywood executives would risk their careers because of some eighth-grader.
19.This is the greatest fight scene in all of cinematic history, and I will not be taking criticism on this.
20.Why aren't Jason's parents at least a little mad that he flew to California without telling them?
21.Finally, uh, are we just gonna ignore that Bret is casually spooning with Kaylee's grandma at the movie premiere?
Do you remember Big Fat Liar? Do you think it still holds up as a classic 18 years later? Let us know in the comments!
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