Steven Kovak has been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Steven has a new apartment, and decides to slip the cable guy (Chip) $50 for free cable. Steven then fakes an interest in Chip's line of work. However Chip takes this to heart trying to become Steven's best bud. When Steven no longer wants to be Chips friend the man who can do it all goes on an all out assault to ruin Steven's life. In the backdrop is the delicate sub-plot of the trial of a former kid star for murdering his brother.Written by
Wayne Jamieson <jamtin@OntheNet.com.au>
Critic Roger Ebert's review doesn't start promisingly as he says, "We want to like Jim Carrey. A movie that makes us dislike him is a strategic mistake". Also Ebert gave his review of The Cable Guy (1996) two stars. See more »
There is no "switch" than turns on and off the cable reception, as depicted in the hallway of Steven's apartment. For the cable to have gone out like that, the cable would to have been disconnected completely. The switch that "Chip" turns on and says "All set!" is most like the switch for the 4th floor hallway lights at the apartment building where Steven lived. See more »
Reality isn't 'Father Knows Best' anymore. It's a kick in the face on a Saturday night with a steel-toe grip Kodiak work boot, a trip to the hospital, bloodied and bashed, for reconstructive surgery.
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The Columbia logo at the beginning of the movie segues into static from Steven's cable TV. See more »
In order to qualify for a 12 certificate, all UK versions of this film were cut by 4 seconds to remove some imitable violence. The cut occurs towards the end, when Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick, are fighting on top of the TV satellite. A shot of Carrey headbutting Broderick has been removed as well as a brief ear-clap.
The cuts were waived in July 2017, although the uncut version has yet to receive a UK release. See more »
Humor is a matter of taste, but when it is as dependent on timing and tone as this is, one at least has to admire it.
You might consider this as rooted in a comic story of obsession.
Or you could easily ignore that and get into the posturing of Carey.
But what I see is an attempt at twisting noir: the idea that the viewer perturbs life, usually the life of a random innocent. Its a profound notion this noir idea that the watcher delivers the movie. Here the watcher is in the movie, delivering it via cable. He has the identity of past "movies."
Its amazingly clever.
I watched this because I recently saw Heath Ledger in Dark Night. As widely publicized, Ledger and Nolan drew heavily from "Clockwork Oragne." But Heath had a very hard time finding the voice. I believe this helped him. The similarities are striking.
Next up in this study; "Equus."
Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.
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