When divorced L.A. attorney Fletcher Reede’s (Jim Carrey) son makes a birthday wish that for one day his dad can’t tell a lie, it comes true; Fletcher’s life turns to chaos. One of Carrey’s greatest hits in the 1990s is based on an amusing idea (previously explored in an episode of Twilight Zone and the Bob Hope comedy Nothing But the Truth (1941)). One can only imagine oneself in the same position and the star throws himself into the challenge physically, just as he did in the director’s Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994). A saccharine story, but nicely balanced by a fine supporting cast and Carrey’s tortured truth-telling.
1997-U.S. 87 min. Color. Directed by Tom Shadyac. Cast: Jim Carrey (Fletcher Reede), Maura Tierney (Audrey Reede), Jennifer Tilly (Samantha Cole), Swoosie Kurtz, Amanda Donohoe, Jason Bernard… Cary Elwes.
Trivia: Steve Martin was allegedly considered for the lead. Remade in India in 2001.