Liar Liar

  • Directors: Tom Shadyac
  • Producers: Brian Grazer
  • Writers: Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur
  • Genres: Comedy, Fantasy
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Justin Cooper, Jennifer Tilly, Anne Haney, Swoosie Kurtz, Cary Elwes, Amanda Donohoe

Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) is a particularly career-focused lawyer and divorced father. He has a habit of giving precedence to his job, breaking promises to his young son Max, and then lying to both Max (Justin Cooper) and his ex-wife Audrey (Maura Tierney) about the real reason for having done so. Ultimately, Fletcher misses his son’s birthday party because he is having sex with his partner Miranda (Amanda Donohoe), and Max wishes while blowing out his cake candles that his father couldn’t tell a lie for an entire day, a wish that immediately becomes true.

Fletcher soon discovers, through a series of embarrassing incidents—such as when he tells Miranda that he has “had better” just after having sex with her—that he is unable to lie or even withhold a true answer. These incidents are inconvenient, as he is fighting a divorce case in court which, should he win, could be a huge boost to his career. His client is Samantha Cole (Jennifer Tilly). His main witness is willing to commit perjury to win, but Fletcher discovers that he cannot even ask a question if he knows the answer will be a lie; during the case he even objects to himself when he tries to lie to get the desired information. Meanwhile, Audrey is threatening to move to Boston with her new boyfriend Jerry (Cary Elwes) and to take Max with them.

The premise of Liar Liar, that of a protagonist who must tell the truth for the next 24 hours, can also be found in the Bob Hope movie Nothing But the Truth (1941 film).

I Love You Phillip Morris

  • Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
  • Producers: Luc Besson, Andrew Lazar, Far Shariat
  • Writers: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, Steve McVicker
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro

Steven Russell began his life as a normal family with children and his wife, Debbie, and a job in the police force. To the outside world, it appears that he and Debbie are very much in love with each other; with friends of the family clearly wincing uncomfortably when Steven and Debbie begin kissing in front of them. It soon becomes apparent that Steven is simply a cop to find his birth mother; he successfully manages to locate her; however, she subsequently rejects him which sets off a train of events in Steven’s life. Steven then proceeds to crash his car. He is seriously injured and as he is being taken away on a stretcher, he tells the paramedics that he is going to become openly homosexual and states that he is going to tell his wife. We then see Steven living the ‘high life’ with his new boyfried, Jimmy, of whom he showers with expensive gifts. Jimmy, however, clearly uncomfortable with this. Steven then decides that his job is inadequate to fund his newly found ‘expensive gay lifestyle’, so he declines into criminal activity and eventually is put into prison for insurance fraud – but not before he puts himself into hospital and tries to escape by jumping off the hospital roof; Jimmy then tells Steven he doesn’t want to see him again. Once in prison, Steven meets shy and quiet Phillip Morris in the Law library. He tells him he is a Lawyer and gives him ‘legal’ advice about his sick friend. They then begin corresponding via letters when Morris is transferred over to the Michael Wing until, eventually, Steven gets himself transferred over to that wing of the prison and into the same cell as Morris. They continue their relationship inside the prison, blissfully happy, until Steven is then transferred to a different prison and then is released into the community. He then fraudlently claims himself to be a Lawyer and manages to secure Morris’s early release. They then move in together. Morris asks Steven, thinking he is a Lawyer, to help his friend out with a legal case. He wins this case, and clearly feels so empowered he applies and successfully gets a job as the finance manager with a top firm. He then embezzles the company out of thousands of dollars and is only found out with a colleague of his is reading over the accounts and notices the deficiency. He then attempts to run away with Morris, but Morris declines to leave and drives away, leaving Steven to face his fate alone. Steven then does not see Morris again until the end of the film; however, he tries (and is successful) in escaping from the jail many times; by stealing green marker pens and dying his prison outfit green posing as a nurse and other various surprisingly simple schemes. He is, however, quickly recovered after these schemes and returned to prison. He then attempts one final scheme – he forgives medical documents in order to fool doctors into thinking he has aids and eventually fakes his own death. Morris is then informed by his cell mate that Russell has died; however, 5 minutes after he was told, he was taken to meet his ‘lawyer'(Russell, posing as a Lawyer) and slaps him after realising that Russell faked his own death to get out of prison. The film then ends when one of the directors of the company he embezzled thousands of dollars from bumps into him into the court toilet (where the director was a juror) and he is then arrested whilst he was trying to secure Morris’s release. He is then given an unprecedented jail sentence.

Dumb Dumber

  • Directors: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
  • Producers: Brad Krevoy, Steven Stabler, Charles B Wessler, Associate Producer, Ellen Dumouchel, Chad Oman, Bradley Jenkel, Co Producer, Bobby Farrelly, Tracie Graham Rice, Bradley Thomas, Executive Producer, Gerald Olson, Aaron Meyerson
  • Writers: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Bennett Yellin
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Mike Starr, Karen Duffy, Charles Rocket

Lloyd Christmas is a simple-minded limousine driver in Providence, Rhode Island, who becomes infatuated with his passenger, Mary Swanson, as he drives her to the airport. Mary is heading home to her family in Aspen, Colorado, but leaves a briefcase at the airport. Lloyd notices, and retrieves the briefcase before a pair of thugs arrive to pick it up, dashing ahead of them to snag the briefcase. Lloyd is unable to catch Mary in time, and is left on the tarmac of the airport with briefcase in hand (after having run off the end of a jetway).

Harry Dunne, Lloyd’s roommate, is in the pet grooming business, and has recently spent his life savings converting his van (a 1984 Ford Econoline) into a “sheepdog”. Both Lloyd and Harry quickly lose their jobs due to preventable accidents, and the two are distraught over their situation. Thinking Lloyd is a “professional” hired by the Swansons, or perhaps an FBI agent, the thugs exact revenge on Harry and Lloyd. Shortly after returning home, Lloyd and Harry are alarmed by the thugs at their door, one of them being armed. Believing them to be debt collectors, the two escape through their back window with the briefcase. While the pair are out looking for new jobs, the thugs behead Harry’s pet parakeet. After they return home, Lloyd, who had just been robbed of beer and other goods by “a sweet old lady on a motorized cart,” convinces Harry they should leave their messed-up lives in Providence behind and head for Aspen to return the briefcase to Mary. The thugs learn of their intentions and pursue the two Aspen-bound men.

With no money, the two begin to walk home. Along the way, they inadvertently turn down a chance to be oil boys for Hawaiian Tropic bikini models directing them instead to a nearby town. They then walk off together, saying to each other how two lucky guys will get to tour all over the country rubbing down the girls before shows. Harry reassures Lloyd that “someday we’ll get our big break too, we’ve just got to keep our eyes open”.

A Christmas Carol

  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Producers: Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis
  • Writers: Screenplay, Robert Zemeckis, Story, Charles Dickens
  • Genres: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Cary Elwes, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn

A Christmas Carol is a Victorian morality tale of an old and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of one night. Mr. Scrooge is a financier/money-changer who has devoted his life to the accumulation of wealth. He holds anything other than money in contempt, including friendship, love and the Christmas season. But an encounter with the ghostly figure of Jacob Marley sets the stage for a mysterious and magical encounter with three phantasmic beings to help him realize the true magic of Christmas itself.

Yes Man

  • Directors: Peyton Reed
  • Producers: David Heyman, Richard D Zanuck
  • Writers: Screenplay, Nicholas Stoller, Jarrad Paul, Andrew Mogel, Book, Danny Wallace
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Terrence Stamp, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Darby, Danny Masterson

Los Angeles bank employee Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) has become withdrawn and depressed since his divorce from ex-wife Stephanie (Molly Sims). Routinely ignoring his friends, he has grown used to spending his spare time watching DVDs alone in his apartment. His outlook on life has become inherently negative. But when a friend (John Michael Higgins) persuades him to attend the “Yes!” self-improvement seminar, motivational guru Terrence Bundley (Terence Stamp) publicly browbeats him into making a covenant with himself. Carl reluctantly promises to stop being a “No Man” and vows to answer “Yes!” to every opportunity, request or invitation that presents itself thereafter.

After the seminar, saying “yes” to a homeless man’s requests only leaves Carl stranded in Elysian Park with his phone battery dead, no money, and his gas tank empty. Disillusioned, he hikes to a gas station, cursing himself for being so credulous and gullible. But at the gas station he meets Allison (Zooey Deschanel), an eccentric young woman who is refueling her scooter. She gives him a hair-raising ride back to his car, and spontaneously kisses him before she rides off.

After this experience, Carl adopts a positive mentality and seizes every opportunity that comes his way. He takes flying lessons, attends Korean language classes, learns to play the guitar, and even joins a Persian dating website. Saying “yes” constantly works to Carl’s advantage. After accepting concert tickets from a promoter whom he has previously ignored, he sees an idiosyncratic band whose lead singer turns out to be Allison. He is charmed by her quirkiness; she is charmed by his spontaneity; and the two begin dating. He earns a promotion at work after his many approved loans open new territory for the bank in the area of microcredit. Making use of his guitar lessons, he wins public acclaim by playing Third Eye Blind’s song “Jumper” to persuade a man (Luis Guzman) not to commit suicide by jumping off a ledge.

After some credits, a scene shows Carl and Allison on a long stretch of winding highway. Carl has agreed to test the product of one of the people whom he gave a loan. Both are wearing a full body suit with wheels on the elbows, calves, heels, feet, back, and various other stratigically placed body parts, which is what the man invented for better extreme sports. They both “skate” all the way down the highway.

The Mask

  • Directors: Chuck Russell
  • Producers: Bob Engelman
  • Writers: Screenplay, Mike Werb, Story, Michael Fallon, Mark Verheiden
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene, Amy Yasbeck, Richard Jeni, Orestes Matacena

Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey), a clerk at an Edge City bank, is a shy, luckless romantic who is regularly bullied by nearly everyone around him, including his boss, his landlady, and car mechanics. His only friends are his dog Milo and his co-worker Charlie Schumacher (Richard Jeni). Gangster Dorian Tyrell (Peter Greene) runs the exclusive Coco Bongo nightclub while plotting to overthrow his boss Niko; therefore Tyrell sends his singer girlfriend Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz) into Stanley’s bank with a hidden camera, in preparation to rob the establishment.

Stanley is smitten with Tina, and she seems to reciprocate; but after being denied entrance to the Coco Bongo, Stanley is stranded with a broken-down rental car at the city’s filthy harbor, where he finds a mysterious wooden mask. When he takes the object home and puts it on, it comes alive, wraps around his head, and transforms him into a wackily-suited, green-headed, cartoonish figure called “The Mask”, a trickster unbound by any limitations whether be personal inhibitions or physical laws, who cheerfully exacts revenge on some of Stanley’s tormentors (in comical goofy fashion) and terrifies a street gang that attempts to terrorize him.

The next morning, Stanley encounters world-weary Edge City detective Lieutenant Kellaway (Peter Riegert) and newspaper reporter Peggy Brandt (Amy Yasbeck), both of whom are investigating the Mask’s activities of the previous night. Despite these threats, the temptation to again use the mask is overwhelming and he puts it back on that evening. Needing money to attend Tina’s performance at the Coco Bongo, the Mask noisily interrupts Tyrell’s bank robbery and steals their target money while one of Tyrell’s henchmen is shot by police responding to the disturbance.

As the sun rises, Stanley, Tina, Milo and Charlie take the mask back down to the harbor, where Tina and Stanley discard it into the water and share a kiss. Charlie attempts to recover the mask for himself, but is prevented by Milo, who swims away with it before he can get to it.

The Truman Show

  • Directors: Peter Weir
  • Producers: Scott Rudin, Andrew Niccol, Adam Schroeder
  • Writers: Andrew Niccol
  • Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Ed Harris, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone

The film is set mostly in a town wholly dedicated to a continually running television show. All of the people present in the town are actors or film crew except protagonist Truman Burbank, who is unaware that he lives in a constructed reality filmed for the entertainment of those outside. Central characters simulate friendship or familial relations to Truman.

Truman was chosen out of six unwanted babies to be a TV star, whereupon film producer Christof built a gigantic studio to encapsulate Seahaven, the artificial town in which Truman lives. The enclosed studio allowed the producers, directors and crew to control every aspect of Truman’s environment, including the weather.

To prevent Truman from trying to escape and discover the truth underlying his artificial world, his father is “killed” in a staged boating incident so as to make Truman afraid of water. Because Seahaven appears to be an island, this fear removes Truman’s every chance of escape. Despite Truman’s staged relationship with his wife Meryl, he has fallen in love with the scene-extra called Sylvia, who was removed from the cast by the producers while trying to explain to Truman the true nature of his life. In the thirtieth year of his life, Truman begins to realize the unrealistic routine of his world when he accidentally stumbles upon studio equipment and instructions, and tries to escape Seahaven.

Along his path to truth and escape, Truman encounters obstacles placed in his way, including choreographed traffic jams, the inability to arrange any trips, sudden breakdowns of transport, a non-existent nuclear meltdown, and the re-introduction of his ‘dead’ father. In his desperate bid for freedom, Truman finally overcomes his fear of water, and despite an artificially created hurricane on the “ocean”, he finally, although accidentally, finds the edge of the constructed reality when his sail boat pierces the painted sky on the inner dome wall. Walking along the edge of the ocean, he discovers an exit door and opens it. This prompts Christof to finally talk to Truman from the clouds, revealing the truth of Truman’s existence. He tries to convince Truman to stay, arguing that there is no more truth in the real world then there is in his own, artificial world. Truman, however, delivers his catchphrase, “In case I don’t see you… good afternoon, good evening, and good night.” He bows to his audience and steps into the real world through the door as he is cheered on by an audience of millions, including Sylvia, who excitedly leaves her apartment to finally reunite with Truman at the studio.

Horton Hears a Who

  • Directors: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino
  • Producers: Bob Gordon, Chris Wedge
  • Writers: Dr Seuss, Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Dan Fogler, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Jaime Pressly, Seth Rogen, Jesse McCartney, Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill, Selena Gomez

In the jungle of Nool on the fifteenth of May, a caring, imaginative elephant named Horton (Jim Carrey), the jungle’s nature teacher, takes a dip in the pool. A dust speck floats past him in the air, and he hears a tiny yelp coming from it. Believing that an entire family of microscopic creatures are living on that speck, he places it on top of a clover that he holds in his trunk.

In fact, he finds out the speck harbors the city of Whoville and all its inhabitants, led by Mayor Ned McDodd (Steve Carell). He has a loving wife, Sally (Amy Poehler), 96 daughters (all voiced by Selena Gomez and Samantha Droke), and one son named Jojo (Jesse McCartney), who, by Who custom, is next in line for the mayoral position. Jojo does not want to become mayor, which leads him to become sullen and refuse to talk, despite Ned’s giving him extra attention.

The Mayor finds out from Dr. Larue that Whoville will be destroyed if Horton doesn’t find a “safer more stable home.” So Horton resolves to place the speck atop Mt. Nool, the safest place in the jungle. This outlook earns Horton nothing but ridicule from the inhabitants of Nool, especially from the strict official of the jungle, the Sour Kangaroo (Carol Burnett), who tries to get Horton to give up the speck, so as not to put supposedly ridiculous ideas into the heads of the children. Ever faithful to his motto, “A person’s a person, no matter how small,” Horton refuses. Also taking force toward Horton are the Wickersham brothers (consisting of Yummo, voiced by Dan Fogler, along with Frank Welker and Dan Castellaneta), a group of bullying monkeys who love making misery.

Hearing the Whos’ cries, Rudy (Josh Flitter), the Kangaroo’s son (who has been in his mother’s pouch the whole movie despite being at the age where kangaroos usually begin living by themselves), grabs the clover and returns it to Horton, refusing his mother’s orders to return to her pouch. The animals finally realize the atrocity they almost committed. The Kangaroo is sad and sorry for her bad behavior, but Horton forgives her, and offers his friendship, which the Kangaroo accepts. At the end of the film, everyone helps Horton carry the speck up to the top of Mt. Nool. After a big number of the cast singing REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling”, the camera zooms out, revealing that along with numerous other worlds in our universe, the jungle of Nool is just one speck among numerous others like our planet.

Batman Forever

  • Directors: Joel Schumacher
  • Producers: Tim Burton, Peter Macgregor Scott
  • Writers: Screenplay, Lee Scott Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, Akiva Goldsman, Story, Lee Scott Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, Comic Book, Bill Finger, Bob Kane
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Chris O Donnell

The film opens with Batman (Val Kilmer) stopping a hostage situation in a bank caused by Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), alter ego of physically/emotionally scarred former district attorney, Harvey Dent.Two-Face escapes. Edward Nygma (Jim Carrey), a researcher at Wayne Enterprises develops a device to beam television directly to a person’s brain. Bruce Wayne rejects the invention, noting that “it raised too many questions”, and Edward resigns from his position.

After meeting psychiatrist Dr. Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman), Bruce invites her to a charity circus event. While there, Two-Face and his henchmen storm the event in an attempt to discover Batman’s secret identity, and in the process the acrobat family The Flying Graysons are murdered. The youngest member, Dick (Chris O’Donnell), survives and stops Two-Face’s bomb from exploding. Upon his return, he discovers that Two-Face killed his family and escaped the scene. Bruce assumes responsibility for Dick and allows him to stay at Wayne Manor. Dick declares his intention to kill Two-Face in revenge for his family’s murder, and when he discovers Bruce’s secret identity as Batman, he insists on becoming his sidekick, “Robin”.

Meanwhile, Edward has become psychologically obsessed with Bruce, leaving riddles for him. He decides to become a criminal known as “The Riddler” and allies with Two-Face. With his invention, Edward can read and control people’s minds, and steal their intelligence quotient. At a business party, Edward discovers Bruce’s secret identity, and Robin saves his life. Later, however, Two-Face and Riddler converge into the Batcave, destroy most of the equipment, and kidnap Chase. They also leave Bruce another riddle.

After solving the last riddle, Batman and Robin locate the Riddler’s lair, both are separated upon reaching the island, Robin encounters Two Face and manages to kick him off the ground where he clings on for life but Robin realizes he cannot kill him so he helps the villain back up, this allows Two Face to get the upper hand and capture him . Meanwhile Batman manages to make his way into the Riddler’s lair and meets the Riddler who reveales Robin and Chase as hostages, giving Batman the choice of only being able to save one of them. Batman finds a way to save both, destroying the brainwave-collecting device and warping the Riddler in the process. During the battle, Two Face falls to his death. The Riddler is committed to Arkham Asylum, and Chase is asked to consult on his case. Riddler offers to reveal the identity of Batman to her, but he thinks himself Batman. Chase then meets Bruce Wayne outside and tells him his secret is safe.

Bruce Almighty

  • Directors: Tom Shadyac
  • Producers: Tom Shadyac, Jim Carrey, James D Brubaker, Michael Bostick, Steve Koren, Mark O Keefe
  • Writers: Steve Koren, Mark O Keefe, Steve Oedekerk
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Ann Walter, Catherine Bell, Steve Carell, Philip Baker Hall, Nora Dunn, Eddie Jemison, Sally Kirkland

Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) is a television news reporter for Channel 7 Eyewitness News on WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York who is unsuccessful at getting a job as an anchorman. After a series of other incidents of ill fortune, he complains to God that He is treating him (Bruce) unfairly and is doing a poor job as supreme deity. God then contacts Bruce in human form (Morgan Freeman) and grants him all of His power so as to prove which one is the better handler thereof. Bruce uses his new-found powers for personal gain: he sabotages a colleague named Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) who had cheated him; takes revenge on a street gang who beat him earlier in the film; transforms his car from a Datsun 240Z to a Saleen S7; allows his favorite hockey team, the Buffalo Sabres, to win the Stanley Cup; places command on a dog to use the toilet for urination; and enhances the breasts and sex drive of his girlfriend, Grace Connelly (Jennifer Aniston).

Bruce endangers his relationship with Grace through his self-centered behavior. God then reminds Bruce that “He” has the task of resolving other people’s problems. God, at this, quotes a line from one of Carrey’s other movies (“Alrighty then”, from Ace Ventura), and tells Bruce that if he wants, Bruce can fix all the world’s problems in a few minutes, knowing that this is untrue. Bruce later receives millions of prayers, all of which, according to God, originate only from a few streets in his own town. Bruce is thus able to realize how much work God must do to keep the cosmos “in line”.

Depressed, Bruce walks onto a highway. Ultimately Bruce realizes that God’s powers are best left for God to handle and asks God to take control of his life. Right after that he is killed by collision with a truck. He is then shown in Heaven, where God asks him “what he really wants”. In answer, Bruce asks that Grace find a man who may make her truly happy and see her through God’s eyes. At this, Bruce is revived by paramedics. Later, Bruce has returned to his earlier field of reporting and is content with it; donates blood for a transfusion; and becomes engaged to marry Grace. The ending scene features a slow close-up of the homeless man, whose image morphs slightly and he is revealed to be God. This echoes a line of Joan Osborne’s song, One of Us, which Bruce is shown singing after his acquisition of the divine power.