Liar Liar

Fletcher Reede is a lawyer who will do anything to win court cases. Including telling lies. On the night of his son's fifth birthday, he is busy sleeping with his boss instead of being at the party. As five year old Max blows out the candles on his cake, he makes a wish that for only one day, his father would be able to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The wish comes true.

Fletcher is handling a divorce case where the prenuptial agreement states that as a result of the wife's infidelity, she is entitled to nothing. He was planning to manipulate the truth in order to win but the inability to lie renders this impossible.

At the same time, Fletcher's ex-wife, Audrey, is planning to move to the other side of the US with her boyfriend, taking Max with her. In court, Fletcher realises that his client was a minor when she got married, making the prenup void so she wins half the marital assets. He speeds off to the airport to catch his son, but Max is already on the plane which is on the runway preparing to take off. Hijacking a set of mobile stairs, he keeps the plane on the ground breaking both legs and being thrown in jail. A year later, the guest list at Max's 6th birthday party is select - just his parents. He blows out the candles, plunging the room into darkness. When Max turns the light on, Fletcher and Audrey are kissing. The film ends as it pans out from the house where Fletcher is chasing Max trying to tickle him.

Factual error: A minor only has a certain amount of time (typically, 6 months) to invalidate a contract entered into when such person was underage once that person turns 18 (or the age of emancipation in that state). This brings up a plot hole: If the marriage was not invalidated because Samantha Cole was underage, the prenuptial agreement would not be either, and Fletcher could not have used that argument to win the case, since he specifically states that she was seventeen at the time of her marriage.

J I Cohen

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Driver: What's your problem, schmuck?
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Question: After Fletcher gets his son to try to unwish the "No lying" wish, he tests to see if it works. He gets slapped in the face. When his son asks "Did it work?", Fletcher says, "Not as well as I had hoped." What did he mean by that?

Answer: As you said, he was testing to see if the wish was broken--by going up to an attractive woman and talking to her. While we don't hear what happens, he apparently said something a little too "forward" to her (probably more forward than he would have done otherwise, hence the "not as well as I had hoped"), and got slapped, so he knew that he was still under the wish's effects.

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But I want to know what he said to the woman.

It's deliberately made unclear what he specifically said, because him getting slapped in the face is the gag that shows the audience that he's still under the spell. If we heard what he said, then we would know right away the new wish wouldn't have worked. It's ultimately up to the viewer's imagination to decide what he told the woman.

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