Sunday, October 23, 2011

Remake Idea: Liar, Liar

When I watch a Hollywood or other foreign language movie, I often find myself thinking, "This would make a great Malayalam movie!" So, I'm gonna start blogging about some of my "remake ideas".

 First up -- Liar, Liar starring Jim Carrey. You can watch a trailer of the movie on YouTube, where it's also available for rent.

Here's a synopsis of the movie from IMDb:
Fletcher Reede, a fast talking attorney, habitual liar, and divorced father is an incredibly successful lawyer who has built his career by lying. He has a habit of giving precedence to his job and always breaking promises to be with his favorite young son Max, but Fletcher lets Max down once too often, for missing his own son's birthday party. But until then at 8:15 Max has decided to make an honest man out of him as he wishes for one whole day his dad couldn't tell a lie. When the wish comes true all Fletcher can do is tell the truth and cannot tell one lie. 
The movie is full of hilarious situations that happen because a habitual liar can't say a single lie for a whole 24 hours. It's an out and out laugh riot, primarily because of Jim Carrey's outrageous slapstick.

The movie can be remade as is, or the premise can be turned upside down. Instead of a liar being forced to be honest, we can turn an honest man into a liar.

Here's an sample story that I came up with:
A shuddha brahmin type (similar to Vikram's 'Ambi' in Anniyan), who is always straight as an arrow and never tells a lie or cheats in any situation, is a constant thorn in the lives of his loved ones. Because of his straight and narrow ways, they are always finding themselves the objects of ridicule. Neighbors have started to ostracize them because he is always meddling in their affairs and calling them out for doing something he deems dishonest.
Tired of his annoying behavior, his mother prays to God to let her son be more reasonable. One of the gods take pity on the mother and grants her wish. 
At first the honest man is horrified at his inability to tell the truth. But he soon realizes the power of dishonesty and starts to like it. Unfortunately for his mother, she soon regrets her wish and wants her son back to the way he was.
I'm not sure of the climax. That's always the hardest part.

If you like this remake idea, please let me know. If you have your own remake or original movie idea, I'd love to hear that also. 

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