The Cable Guy

The Cable Guy

Ben Stiller (1996)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Jim Carrey was afforded the opportunity to do something different in this jet-black satire on the power of television, and he responded with a performance that brings a dark edge to his wacky, man-of-the-people persona. Carrey is on top form as a manic cable-television engineer who takes a special interest in customer Matthew Broderick. Although merely overfriendly at first, Carrey turns psycho-stalker and invades every aspect of Broderick's life with both hilarious and sobering results. Director Ben Stiller effectively lines up his targets and Carrey effortlessly hits them, and, though this suffers at times from dull patches, it's much better than you may have heard. For Carrey, it proved a stepping stone on his way to acclaim in the critical and box-office success The Truman Show.


A man makes the mistake of engaging a cable TV installer in conversation in a ploy to get all the channels for free. However, the manic repairman shows an invincible determination to be his new best friend - and does not take kindly to rejection. Comedy directed by Ben Stiller, starring Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick and George Segal.

Cast & Crew

Chip Douglas Jim Carrey
Steven Kovacs Matthew Broderick
Earl Kovacs George Segal
Robin Harris Leslie Mann
Rick Jack Black
Mrs Kovacs Diane Baker
Steven's brother Bob Odenkirk
Himself Eric Roberts
Serving wench Janeane Garofalo
Director Ben Stiller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Tri-Star Films (UK)Guidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video and DVD