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Liar Liar
(1997)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

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Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Frank Bennett
Don Nemitz

Co-Produced by:
Mick Stern
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MCA Records
(March 18th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if John Debney's consistent and effective method of scoring physical comedies with robust, enthusiastic orchestral energy never gets old for you.

Avoid it... if the predictability of these scores, despite their thematic cohesiveness and remarkable vibrance in parts, have suffered diminished appeal in the years since Liar Liar was a refreshing new sound.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #870
WRITTEN 6/20/99, REVISED 2/26/08
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Liar Liar: (John Debney/James Newton Howard) The concept of Liar Liar seems like it would make a decent, hearty comedy with enough dramatic weight to be taken seriously. When you throw actor Jim Carrey into the lead, however, the script of the film becomes completely irrelevant, because the immense physical talents of Carrey distract from whatever else the movie offers. He plays a sleazy lawyer who is jinxed by his heartbroken five-year-old son into telling the truth for one day, causing severe but hilarious problems at the workplace. The story, supporting actors, and pretty much every other aspect of the production plays second fiddle to Carrey, who could very well have entertained the audience just as well in a stand-up solo environment. But the film tried to reach for the "wholesome" department, and in so doing dug its own grave. In fact, the best part of the film is a series of outtakes presented at the end that have more laughs packed into a couple of minutes than the entire film put together. Director Tom Shadyac produced several popular physical comedy films in the 1990's, only some with Carrey; his two earliest efforts, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Nutty Professor both fared well despite rotating between composers to accentuate the laughs with generic, punch-line orchestral scores. For Liar Liar, Shadyac turned to James Newton Howard, who would only actually write the thematic base for the film before stepping aside from the project. The reason for his departure remains unknown, but he strongly recommended to Shadyac that John Debney take over the assignment, citing the rising composer as "the best-kept secret in Hollywood." So pleased was Shadyac with Debney's accommodating personality and the quality of the music that a collaboration between the two would extend to Dragonfly, Bruce Almighty, and Evan Almighty in the following ten years. Debney's knack for matching the energy of physical comedy on screen with equally vibrant and robust orchestral music is a strong match for films such as Liar Liar, and several subsequent projects in the genre prove this point.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 29:25
• 1. My Dad's a Liar (2:40)
• 2. To Court (1:04)
• 3. The Pen is Blue (3:02)
• 4. I'm a Bad Father (1:46)
• 5. Pulled Over (1:16)
• 6. The Unwish (1:41)
• 7. Bathroom Folly (1:47)
• 8. I Love my Son (2:36)
• 9. Airport Chase (1:45)
• 10. It's Fletcher (1:30)
• 11. Together (2:25)
• 12. The Claw Returns (1:39)
• 13. End Credits (3:36)
• 14. Outtake Montage (2:34)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from the director about working with Howard and Debney on this project.
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