How well do you remember the halcyon heydays of Frankie Muniz and Amanda Bynes, two stars who were blowing up in the early '00s? Perhaps watching their timeless classic, Big Fat Liar (which turns 15 years old this year), would help job your memory? Big Fat Liar is, like the title may imply, a totally wacky comedy that came out when many of us Millenials were just mischief-loving prankster ourselves. The film was a vehicle for Muniz and Bynes, both of whom were enjoying rising stars compounded by their work on Malcolm in the Middle and All That, respectively.
In short, Big Fat Liar is outrageous. The plot revolves around 14-year-old Jason Shepherd, who is prone to weaving fantastic lie to get out of trouble. In an attempt to avoid going to summer school, he writes a short story titled "Big Fat Liar," which ends up in the hands of sleazy movie producer Marty Wolf. When Jason finds out his idea was stolen, turned into a movie, and he was conveniently not given credit, he heads to Hollywood to convince Marty to give him credit and clear his name to his parents.
Full to the brim with out-of-this-world antics, the film remains infamous for turning its main antagonist, Marty Wolf, a deep shade of Smurf blue. But there were tons more outrageous, weird, and ridiculously "WTF?" moments in Big Fat Liar. Let's take a look back at some of the most notable ones.
1Why Is Jason Lying Constantly?
I get it: Kids will be kids. But Jason's got a pretty cushy set-up, so the compulsive lying feels weird.
2Why Is Marty Wolf In Michigan?
Why is there a producer at a film shoot in rural Michigan? Seems...illogical, no?
3When Jason Makes Up His First Excuse
Dad choked on a meatball? Okay, Jason. We know you can do better than that.
4When Marty Stole Jason's Idea For Big Fat Liar
If Marty was thinking of hare-brained ideas before Jason came along, then surely he didn't need to steal from him to get another one right?
5The Entire Subplot Involving Grandma Rose
It was fun seeing Taran Killam flex his comedy muscles, but how could Grandma Rose mistake him for her granddaughter?
6How Can Two Kids Fly To L.A. Alone?
You mean to tell me you saved enough money mowing lawns to afford two plane tickets, Jason? Really?
7Chilling Out In A Backlot Storage Facility
That montage looked like Jason & Kaylee caused quite the ruckus. How did they not get noticed?
8Dying Marty Blue
You mean to tell me Marty didn't look down at his body when he got out of the pool and saw that he was blue?
9The Disastrous Birthday Party
Boy, professional clowns really deal with a lot of nonsense if that birthday party is any indicator.
10Marty's Weird Relationship With Mr. Funny Bones
Having stuffed animals is cute but there was definitely more to the story of Marty's relationship with Mr. Funny Bones.
11Messing With Marty's Car
Watching two kids re-wire the control panel of a car like it's no big deal is pretty insane.
12All Those Urkel Jokes
Outrageous if only because they are so, so outdated.
13Marty's Not Very PC Jokes
It's the film's goal to make Marty unlikeable, but sometimes his jokes really pushed the limit.
14Why Does Everyone Know & Hate Marty?
Is Marty the only film producer in Hollywood? Is he the only person ruining people's lives?
15The Big Helicopter Stunt
I may never know the point of freaking Marty out like that, but this was enjoyably over-the-top.
16The Duel On The Backlot
Pretty good use of Western pastiche, if I do say so myself.
17Jason's Story Still Gets Made
It still gets made after everything that's happened? Absolutely bonkers, my friend.