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Jim Carrey in Liar Liar Poses the Question: Can Lawyers Practice Law Without Lying?

LiarliarWe're inaugurating a new category today (tonight) -- Lawyer Movies -- featuring brief posts critiquing famous lawyer (or law-related) flicks. We invite readers to comment with their own thumbs up or thumbs down (or sideways).

First up: Liar Liar starring Jim Carrey. This comic gem chronicles the misadventures of divorced litigator Fletcher Reed (played by Carrey) who is always breaking promises to his son, Max, to spend time with him (Max lives with his mother). This upsets Max so much that when Fletcher fails to show up to Max's birthday party (another broken promise), Max wishes that his father won't be able to lie for one full day as he blows out the candles on his cake. Lo and behold Max's wish comes true, and hilarious slapstick ensues as Fletcher finds it impossible to practice law without lying. This spells trouble for Fletcher who is in the midst of representing a mendacious client in a hotly contested matrimonial proceeding.

For lawyers who can laugh at themselves, this movie is a must-see.

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