There’s Something About Mary
Release year: 1998
Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Screenwriter: Ed Decter, John J. Strauss, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon, Lee Evans, Chris Elliott, Lin Shaye, Jeffrey Tambor, W. Earl Brown, Sarah Silverman
Ratings: 2 Golden Globe nominations: Best Picture Comedy/Musical, Best Actress Comedy/Musical (Cameron Diaz)
Though their first date ended beyond catastrophic, geeky Ted (Ben Stiller) has never quite gotten over his dream girl Mary (Cameron Diaz). So it doesn’t take much for best friend Dom (Chris Elliott) to talk him into hiring Healy (Matt Dillon) to look her up and find out if she is still available. Not only is she available, she is still as gorgeous and when Ted tries to get a second chance with her he quickly discovers he is far from the only one trying to win her heart, for there is just something about Mary.
If someone still didn’t know who the Farrelly Brothers were after their hit comedy Dumb & Dumber (1994) then there is a big chance they knew after the highly succesfull There’s Something About Mary. Though the movie still contains the brothers tendency for political incorrect humour sometimes going right to the edge, it was served in a more mainstream way here and with a great cast and enough charm to get by on that alone added, There’s Something About Mary still stands as one of the very finest from the directing siblings and was one of the ultimate go-to-films when looking for comedy in the end 90s. Diaz had already made herself known with The Mask (1994) and My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) but when this came out she instantly qualified as superstar! Without someone of her caliber to convince us of multiple men lusting over her, the movie would not have worked as well and Diaz certain down-to-earth charms makes her more huggable than someone who raise jalousy and the thought of her falling for a geek has noone raise any eyebrows. She is just so darn sweet. Stiller (Zoolander, 2001) nails the adorable geek to perfection, never loosing our sympathy, making him stand in strong contrast to Dillon’s (Wild Things, 1998) sleaziness. With jokes stretching from doped dogs to fish hooks in cheeks and an almost who-dunnit from Mary’s suitors, this is one the best comedies coming out of the nineties and will still have you laughing today.
The zipper scene is based on an actual incident when the Farrelly brothers’ parents had to help a young man who caught himself in his zipper at one of their sisters’ parties.
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