The writers have built a funny, intriguing story that brings, beyond the gags, a certain form of reflection.
That Quebec dared to venture into the fantastic genre with a film as popular as what we like to call “the comedy of the summer” excited us. With comedy specialist Émile Gaudreault at the helm, we were confident that this project would achieve the same success as De père en flic 2, whose total revenues were approaching $7 million in 2017. The trailer was also a good omen, as was the five-star cast, which featured Louis-José Houde and Antoine Bertrand, two artists who were popular with the public.
Unfortunately, the reality may not be as dazzling as the one we were fantasizing about. First, it must be said that the story, developed by Gaudreault and Éric K. Boulianne, is a very interesting one. There may be some more annoying details, such as these omnipotent Tibetan monks, but, overall, the writers have built a funny, intriguing story that brings, beyond the gags, some form of reflection. As we have said before, the fact that we dared to get involved and try something new in Quebec deserves some praise.
In the role of the mythoman, Louis-José Houde pierces the screen. Here we find the humorist much more at ease in his game and, therefore, all the more credible as at his beginnings in the cinema. Unsurprisingly, it is in the more comic scenes that he excels. In the romance sequences, we see him a little less at ease. This is probably why we find that chemistry does not operate completely between his love interest, played by Catherine Chabot, and him. He shows a greater complicity with his male partner, Antoine Bertrand, who makes a good figure in the role of the twin who is annoyed by his brother’s lies.
It is important to mention that Catherine Chabot is doing a great job. It is highly appreciated that it is an actress less known to the general public who holds the leading female role. Among the prominent secondary characters, we note the excellent Luc Senay and Véronique Leflaguais, who interpret delusional parents, as well as Geneviève Schmidt, who plays an uncontrollable boss.
Despite the originality and boldness of the proposal, we would still have liked it to go a little further. There are fewer laughs than we had hoped. Some sequences are funny, some surprising, but very few are hilarious. You smile, but you don’t hit your thighs.
The word “fantastic” also means “special effects”. The problem is that in Quebec, films are made with very small budgets that do not allow us to invest in post-production.Unfortunately, here, we can see that ambition has exceeded the budget. We are thinking of this rejuvenation like the Robert Downey Jr. in Avengers by Luc Senay. The character should have remained in the shadows. The awkwardly rejuvenated face of the actor makes us momentarily unhook from the film.
Liar is not the perfect summer movie that the skilful trailer gave us, but it does represent a competent entertainment that can beautifully decorate a rainy day.