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 can’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); there’s also something about Cameron Diaz as Mary.
1998-U.S. 119 min. Color. Produced by Frank Beddor, Michael Steinberg, Bradley Thomas, Charles B. Wessler. Directed by 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 Shaye… Jeffrey Tambor, Sarah Silverman, Richard Jenkins, Brett Favre.
Trivia: Alternative version runs 130 min.
Last word: “When we made the movie, we didn’t think it would be for everybody. [Our neighbor] Cindy yelled to my mother, ‘Marion, I loved the movie, but you know what my favorite part was?’ My mother said, ‘What was it, Cindy?’ She goes, ‘When the girl has the [semen] in her hair.’ I remember thinking this could be a big hit.” (Peter Farrelly, Variety)