Big Fat Liar

2002 PG 1h 28m DVD

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Big Fat Liar

2002 PG 1h 28m DVD
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Precocious junior high school students Jason and Kaylee take swift action when a greedy Hollywood producer turns an essay written by Jason into a hit film, but leaves Jason's name on the cutting room floor.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
  • Frankie Muniz
  • Paul Giamatti
  • Amanda Bynes
  • Amanda Detmer
  • Donald Faison
  • Sandra Oh
  • Russell Hornsby
  • Michael Bryan French
  • Lawrence Watson
  • Lindsay Tryctha
  • Lee Majors
  • Josh Rusin
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Reviews

age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Big Fat Liar is a funny take on ruthlessness in Hollywood full of puerile pratfall humor and name-calling. There are instances of bullying throughout the film -- especially at the beginning -- and the character stereotypes (dumb jock, senile grandmother) are plentiful. While the madcap antics of Frankie Muniz, Amanda Bynes and Paul Giamatti will appeal to kids and grown-ups, lessons on the importance of being honest are found amid all the silliness.

Sexual Content

Not applicable

Violence

A character is knocked off his skateboard by a group of bullies, who also push and shove him before stealing the skateboard. While not shown, a character is kicked in the groin, replete with sound effects to drive the point home. A character dressed as a clown is shown being knocked over by a group of young kids at a birthday party; all of whom take turns jumping, tackling, and leaping on top of the clown.

Language

Name-calling: "Up yours," "retardo," "You suck." A character shouts from off-camera that a "dookie" has clogged the toilet.

Social Behavior

Promotes, eventually, the importance of telling the truth over lying, and shows how lying on a regular basis violates the trust between kids and parents, besides raising doubts even when "big fat liars" tell the truth.

Consumerism

Coca-Cola cans and a vending machine are prominently featured.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adult social drinking, and an adult character lights a cigar, but instead of smoking it, uses it to burn some papers.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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