Who\'s afraid of the big bad Wolf? Not Jason Shepherd. This 14-year-old thinks on his feet and when he has to prove that sleazy Hollywood producer Marty Wolf stole his class paper and is turning it into the blockbuster movie \"Big Fat Liar\", he is ready for battle. Traveling to Los Angeles from his home in Michigan with his best friend Kaylee, Jason tries to break into show business--literally. The result? Through a hilarious series of pranks and ruses, Jason brings one of Hollywood\'s most powerful producers to his knees.
A quick, biting wit is not a quality normally associated with pubescent actors and the characters they play. But Frankie Muniz, the star of the hit television series "Malcolm in the Middle," and Amanda Bynes, who has her own show on Nickelodeon, both convey a keen, roving intelligence that doesn't wander off into quiz-kid geekiness. Teamed as best friends who travel from Michigan to Hollywood, these two young actors display an easygoing, screwball rapport as they dash around Tinseltown, wreaking ludicrous havoc. It's no surprise that Mr. Muniz and Ms. Bynes seem considerably smarter than the frantic knockabout comedy in which they find themselves trapped. The movie, directed by Shawn Levy from a screenplay by Dan Schneider, occupies that queasy demographic no man's land between sanitized family fare and naughty teen comedy. – Stephen Holden
2002-02-08 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Big Fat Liar