There's Something about Mary

There's Something about Mary

Peter Farrelly (1998)

114min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Those kings of bad taste Peter and Bobby Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin) surpassed themselves with this defiantly non-PC but wickedly funny Hollywood smash. Ben Stiller plays a writer (Ted Stroehmann) who, 13 years later, is still obsessed by his prom date Cameron Diaz, even though the occasion ended in disaster. The problem is that a queue of fellow misfits has also fallen under her spell, including British comic Lee Evans and the seedy private eye (Matt Dillon) Stiller hired to find her. With gags about the mentally and physically disabled, dead dogs and serial killers, not to mention the now infamous "hair gel" scene, this is unwholesome entertainment for older members of the family. The hapless Stiller uncovers a previously unseen gift for slapstick, although none of the cast can be faulted in this area. There's also an inspired musical commentary from American cult singer/songwriter Jonathan Richman.

Summary

A lovelorn man hires a sleazy private eye to track down his high-school sweetheart in the hope of rekindling their brief relationship. By unfortunate coincidence, the detective also falls for her, and then it emerges there are even more men out there competing for her affections. Comedy from the Farrelly brothers, starring Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon and Lee Evans.

Cast & Crew

Mary Jenson Cameron Diaz
Pat Healy Matt Dillon
Ted Stroehmann Ben Stiller
Magda Lin Shaye
Tucker Lee Evans
Dom Chris Elliott
Jonathan Jonathan Richman
Sully Jeffrey Tambor
Mary's mom Markie Post
Mary's stepfather Keith David
Director Peter Farrelly
Director Bobby Farrelly
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing, sexual situations. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy