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There's Something About Mary (1998)

A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster.

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Ed Decter (story), John J. Strauss (story) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 17 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Diaz ... Mary
Matt Dillon ... Healy
Ben Stiller ... Ted
Lee Evans ... Tucker
Chris Elliott ... Dom
Lin Shaye ... Magda
Jeffrey Tambor ... Sully
Markie Post ... Mary's Mom
Keith David ... Mary's Dad
W. Earl Brown ... Warren
Sarah Silverman ... Brenda
Khandi Alexander ... Joanie
Marnie Alexenburg ... Lisa
Danny Murphy ... Boss' Brother (as Dan Murphy)
Richard Tyson ... Detective Krevoy (as Richard M. Tyson)
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Storyline

Ted was a geek in high school, who was going to go to the prom with one of the most popular girls in school, Mary. The prom date never happened, because Ted had a very unusual accident. Thirteen years later he realizes he is still in love with Mary, so he hires a private investigator to track her down. That investigator discovers he too may be in love with Mary, so he gives Ted some false information to keep him away from her. But soon Ted finds himself back into Mary's life, as we watch one funny scene after another. Written by Justin Sharp <rainman88@earthlink.net>

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Warning: The guys who did 'Dumb & Dumber' and 'Kingpin' bring you a love story. See more »

Genres:

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong comic sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

There's Something More About Mary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,740,644, 19 July 1998

Gross USA:

$176,484,651

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$369,884,651
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended cut) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dropping Ted on the stretcher wasn't scripted. When it happened, they cut to make sure Ben Stiller was okay and then thought it was so funny they left it in. See more »

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In the shot where Ted ducks to avoid being mauled by Puffy, a hand can be seen on the left side of the shot throwing the prop Puffy out the window. See more »

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[first lines]
Ted: [voice over] When I was 16 years old, I fell in love.
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A montage of scenes from the film as well as outtakes involving the cast lip-syncing to The Foundations' song "Build Me Up Buttercup" runs during the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

To receive a PG rating the Singapore version was very heavily censored. It runs 6 minutes less then the original version. By MPAA standards it would probably get a PG-13 at most. Here are just a few of the many things that are censored in this version:
  • All profanities have been dubbed over.
  • In the bathroom scene when the construction worker says "Hoooly Sh*t!" and then we get a look at Ted's genitals caught in the zipper is cut out.
  • The scene where Pat Healy spies on Mary we do not see Magda's old saggy breast. Instead when Pat pulls out his big binoculars it just pans back to Mary putting her shirt on.
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There's Something About Mary and there's also something about this movie that makes me like it more than most other gross-out comedies
15 February 2006 | by DaRick89See all my reviews

There's Something About Mary is an apt title, for there is something about this movie that is quite endearing, particularly if you are a gross-out fan. Even if you are not a real fan of gross-outs, as is the case with me, you can still enjoy this film. This is because I find it to be funnier and more enjoyable than most other gross-out comedies (and that includes Team America). As a romantic comedy, it is also enjoyable and that is saying something as romantic comedy is, to me, a bastardised version of real comedy, often with a weak romance and diluted laughs. This is certainly not the case here. Having said that, it is not perfect: The Farrelly Brothers use a retard for cheap laughs once too often, which I did not like, the disabled guy wasn't that funny and the plot is a bit clichéd and predictable, but I expected that.

The story is about a man named Ted, who we see meet a beautiful girl, Mary, during his teenage years. However, their budding romance falls away when Ted gets his dick caught in his zipper. By the way, this scene is absolutely hilarious and so is the aftermath, after the police officer tells him to 'pull it out'; next minute, he is being carted off in an ambulance, never to see Mary again...or so we think for a minute.

Until of course, he finds himself fantasising about Mary years later. He hires a private investigator, Pat Healy, to do some snooping on her. This takes a turn for the worse, as the investigator falls in love with Mary and lies to Ted. Ted finds out about his deceiving ways, thanks to Woogy and goes to see Mary himself.

This movie is hilarious at times, funny at others; occasionally, it falls flat. There are too many hilarious and funny scenes to mention here, so I'll mention the best ones: the 'dick zipper' one, the 'fishing line' one and the one where the retard goes psycho and hits Pat Healy in the face. To be impartial, I will say that I have already mentioned some of the imperfect bits above.

The acting is quite good too. Ben Stiller does a good job as the nervy, fantasising, sensible Ted, while Matt Dillon is good as the 'sleazy investigator'. Cameron Diaz, in the days when she was still hot, is OK, but not much more than your typical love interest. The rest of the cast is nothing more than OK, including W. Earl Brown, the guy who plays the retard (as anyone could play his role).

I'll finish by saying that this is one of the best gross-out/romantic comedies I've ever seen and is definitely worth a Friday night or a DVD rental. There is a good chance that you'll be laughing like I did throughout the movie. To clinch this review, I will say that:

There's Something About Mary!

4/5 stars


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