This is At the Buzzer’s countdown of the best 25 comedies of all-time. Our panel of 10 cast their votes, and we’re revealing the results one by one until we get to No. 1 on Tuesday, May 10.
And now, our number 18:
18) Liar Liar (4 votes, 140 points)
Your honor, I object!
And why is that, Mr. Reede?
It’s devastating to my case!
Chris: This is probably one of the more surprising picks on our list. I’m sure other top 25s in the vast world of the internet would either shy away from Jim Carrey entirely or go in a different direction (like Ace Ventura). Not our panel! We love this movie!
I’m a sucker for courtroom drama, being raised on a steady diet of Matlock and Perry Mason and eventually graduating to other sources like A Few Good Men and 12 Angry Men and Boston Legal. That also applies to funnier takes like Liar Liar and another movie that finished even higher on our list — there’s just something about the setting I love. I’m sure part of it has to do with the back-and-forth, rapid-fire dialogue that usually comes with the territory.
Liar Liar is the perfect vehicle for Carrey’s manic energy, and it’s amazing how much mileage they got out of a relatively simple premise. I love “I’m kicking my ass!” after he fights himself in the bathroom, I love “weight 105? Yeah, in your bra,” and I love the long list of offenses when the officer pulls him over. Even the scene at the end, while utterly ridiculous (that ground support equipment with the steps can keep up with a plane? And that crash didn’t murder death kill Fletcher?), somehow manages to be heartwarming.
Other lists might not go this route, but this is our list, and I don’t give a damn. Liar Liar deserves to be on it.
Cary: Before Jim Carrey went off the philosophical deep end, he was a genuinely funny guy, wasn’t he? I can’t picture a single other actor taking on the role of Fletcher Reede with as much panache, or timing, or willingness to let it all hang out in such a fantastic way. That whole scene with him trying to tell himself that a blue pen is red is genius. Considering the rest of the movie, it’s a minor scene, but it deftly displayed Fletcher’s “predicament” physically and with few words. Also, him beating himself up in the bathroom. Gold.
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