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Big Fat Liar is a 2002 kid's film starring Frankie Muniz as a 14-year-old Jason Shepherd and Amanda Bynes as 14-year-old Kaylee. Very over-the-top, although what can you expect from 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.

Tropes used by the film:

 "How many times have I told you not to call me "Urkel?!" My name is Jaleel White!"

  • In a World: Parodied in the BFL Trailer.
  • Ironic Echo: "12 camera angles with birds flying around..."
  • Jerkass: Marty Wolf should be a 7-letter word.
  • Jerk Jock: Bret Calloway.
  • Kitsch Collection: The secretary's tacky stuffed dog collection.
  • Large Ham: Paul Giamatti really enjoyed himself making this movie.
  • Late for School: The opening.
  • 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....
  • Manchld: Marty Wolf is basically a kid that never grew up. Jason acts immature at the beignning of the movie but it's been shown that he's been maturing...gradually.
  • Massive Multiplayer Scam: emphasis on Massive.
  • Mean Boss: Marty Wolf. Even his assistant decides that she's going to quit working for him and help Jason expose him for the con artist he really is.
  • 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.
  • Metaphorgotten:

  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!

  Listen Whitaker, I am not your father and I'm not your priest I got two words for you: shut the heck up! You talk way too much... can we cut?

  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!

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