There's Something About Mary

There's Something About Mary

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Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

Cast: Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz

     
 

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The Farrelly Brothers set this romantic comedy in their home state of Rhode Island. In 1985, when teen-nerd Ted Stroehmann (Ben Stiller) challenges a high-schooler who's bullying retarded Warren Jenson (W. Earl Brown), his concern prompts Warren's sister, the dazzling and desirable Mary Jenson (Cameron Diaz) to choose Ted as her senior prom date, a fact Ted's pals… See more details below

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The Farrelly Brothers set this romantic comedy in their home state of Rhode Island. In 1985, when teen-nerd Ted Stroehmann (Ben Stiller) challenges a high-schooler who's bullying retarded Warren Jenson (W. Earl Brown), his concern prompts Warren's sister, the dazzling and desirable Mary Jenson (Cameron Diaz) to choose Ted as her senior prom date, a fact Ted's pals find hard to believe. However, on prom night, Ted gets his penis caught in his zipper, so the much-desired date never happens. Living in Providence and waxing nostalgic 13 years later, Ted hires Pat Healy (Matt Dillon) to locate Mary, and the creepy private investigator finds her in Miami, where she lives with her tan-shriveled roommate Magda (Lin Shaye). After Pat develops a stalker-style fixation on the lovely, unattached Mary, he lies to Ted, telling him that she's now an overweight mother confined to a wheelchair. Employing professional eavesdropping equipment, Pat gathers a dossier on Mary's life and future plans, information that forms the basis for more lies when Pat begins dating her. Sure enough, Mary falls for Pat, although her friend Tucker (Lee Evans) is very suspicious of Pat's claim to be a Harvard-educated architect. Meanwhile, Ted learns the truth but continues to encounter offbeat obstacles as he accelerates to Miami in hopes of finding happiness with his true love. Former Modern Lovers singer Jonathan Richman vocalizes a narrative ballad of onscreen commentary in the Cat Ballou (1965) tradition. Most of the cast sings and frolics to "Build Me Up, Buttercup" during the closing credits.

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Some movies make you smile, some make you laugh, and some make you laugh so hard you spill Milk Duds all over your date. The Farrelly brothers' There's Something About Mary falls solidly in the latter category. Few films have violated so many taboos and been so successful in their quest for laughs. While scatological and intermittently offensive, There's Something About Mary redeems itself by being both legitimately funny and surprisingly sweet. With a couple of notable exceptions -- the "handicapped" Tucker's flailing becomes gratuitous -- this is a movie with real heart. Amidst the I-can't-believe-they-did-that shocks, you find yourself rooting for Ben Stiller's Ted and Cameron Diaz's Mary to end up together -- they're the most honest, caring people in the film. There's Something About Mary also merits attention for its less-controversial laughs, such as the amusingly absurd musical narrative provided by Jonathan Richman, or Bret Favre's hilarious surprise cameo. Not all the jokes are precisely on-target, but with so many that are, Mary's transgressions are easily forgotten. To say it's not for prudish tastes is a grave understatement. But There's Something About Mary is truly an excellent comedy, one that proves the considerable latitude afforded filmmakers in the permissive late 1990s resulted in more than just an inordinate amount of fart jokes.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2005
UPC:
0024543168676
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
1,462

Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes original theatrical version and extended version with 15 minutes of restored footage; Directors' audio commentary by the Farrelly Brothers; Writers' audio commentary by Ed Decter and John J. Strauss; Alternate opening (clay-animated title sequence)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Stiller Ted Stroehmann
Cameron Diaz Mary Jenson
Matt Dillon Pat Healy
Lee Evans Tucker
Chris Elliott Dom
Lin Shaye Magda
Jeffrey Tambor Sully
Markie Post Mary's Mom
Keith David Mary's Stepfather
W. Earl Brown Warren
Jonathan Richman Jonathan
Brett Favre Himself
Willie Garson Bob
Harland Williams Hitchhiker
Danny Murphy Boss' Brother
John-Eliot Jordan Buttercup Singer

Technical Credits
Bobby Farrelly Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Farrelly Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Frank Beddor Producer
Mark Charpentier Associate Producer
Edward Decter Original Story,Screenwriter
Marc S. Fischer Co-producer
Christopher Greenbury Editor
Patrick Healy Associate Producer
Mark Irwin Cinematographer
Rick Montgomery Casting
Jonathan Richman Score Composer
James B. Rogers Asst. Director,Co-producer
Jonathan "Earl" Stein Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Steinberg Producer
John J. Strauss Original Story,Screenwriter
Bradley Thomas Producer
Arlan Jay Vetter Art Director
Happy Walters Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles B. Wessler Producer
Tom Wolfe Musical Direction/Supervision
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. Her Name Was Mary...
3. Prom Night
4. Franks and Beans
5. 13 Years Later
6. A Hell of a Bloodhound
7. All About Mary
8. White Trash in a Wheelchair
9. Miami Bound
10. The Architect From Nepal
11. She's Still a Fox!
12. The Puffy Problem
13. Tucker
14. The Hitchhiker
15. The Carolina Cops
16. The Real Healy
17. Ted From Rhode Island
18. The Psycho Killer
19. Cleaning the Pipes
20. The Name's Norm...
21. A Date With Mary
22. Benji on Speed
23. A Good Team
24. An Anonymous Letter
25. Woogie?
26. We're All in Love With Mary
27. The Old Boyfriend
28. A 'Niners Fan
29. That's My Girl...
30. End Titles (Build Me Up Buttercup)
1. Main Titles
2. Her Name Was Mary...
3. Prom Night
4. Franks and Beans
5. 13 Years Later
6. A Hell of a Bloodhound
7. All About Mary
8. White Trash in a Wheelchair
9. Miami Bound
10. The Architect From Nepal
11. She's Still a Fox!
12. The Puffy Problem
13. Tucker
14. The Hitchhiker
15. The Carolina Cops
16. The Real Healy
17. Ted From Rhode Island
18. The Psycho Killer
19. Cleaning the Pipes
20. The Name's Norm...
21. A Date With Mary
22. Benji on Speed
23. A Good Team
24. An Anonymous Letter
25. Woogie?
26. We're All in Love With Mary
27. The Old Boyfriend
28. A 'Niners Fan
29. That's My Girl...
30. End Titles (Build Me Up Buttercup)

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