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There’s Something About Mary

EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT MARY…

Ted Stroehmann (Ben Stiller) hires a private investigator (Matt Dillon) to find Mary, the girl he loved in high school and still canā€™t forget, little dreaming that the detective will also fall for her. After the silly Dumb & Dumber and Kingpin, the Farrelly brothers made this hugely successful comedy that has the same amount of childish slapstick and superbly embarrassing setups; this one is sweeter though and made with a certain grace, including a musical narrator. Often laugh-out-loud funny, with Stiller subjected to all kinds of pain (including, memorably, a zipper-related accident); thereā€™s also something about Cameron Diaz as Mary.

1998-U.S. 119 min. Color. Produced byĀ Frank Beddor, Michael Steinberg, Bradley Thomas, Charles B. Wessler. Directed byĀ Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly. Screenplay: Ed Decter, John J. Strauss, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly. Cast: Cameron Diaz (Mary Jensen), Matt Dillon (Pat Healy), Ben Stiller (Ted Stroehmann), Lee Evans, Chris Elliott, Lin Shayeā€¦ Jeffrey Tambor, Sarah Silverman, Richard Jenkins, Brett Favre.

Trivia: Alternative version runs 130 min.

Last word:Ā ā€œWhen we made the movie, we didnā€™t think it would be for everybody. [Our neighbor]Ā Cindy yelled to my mother, ā€˜Marion, I loved the movie, but you know what my favorite part was?’ My mother said, ā€˜What was it, Cindy?ā€™ She goes, ā€˜When the girl has the [semen] in her hair.ā€™ I remember thinking this could be a big hit.ā€ (Peter Farrelly, Variety)

 

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