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

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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" by The Foundations 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:
05/12/2009
UPC:
0024543581949
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
4:09:00
Sales rank:
4,941

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

Scene Index

Two versions: theatrical & seamlessly brander extended cut; Director's commentary with Peter and Bobby Farrelly; Directors' scene-specific bonus commentary; Writers' commentary with Ed Decter & John L. Strauss; Clay animated titles with optional directors' commentary; AMC Backstory: There's Something About Mary; Around the world with Mary: foreign language end scene; Exclusive featurettes:; Getting Behind Mary; Comedy Central: Reel Comedy; Up a Tree With Jonathan Richman and Tommy Larkins; Franks & Beans: A Conversation With W. Earl Brown; Exposing Themselves: Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Chris Elliott; Touchdown: A Conversation With Brett Favre; Interview Roulette With Harland Williams; Puffy, B**** and B****; Behind the Zipper; "Every Day Should Be a Holiday" - The Dandy Warhols music video; Outtakes; "Build Me Up Buttercup" karaoke

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There's Something About Mary 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this movie is so very funny i laugh at it when i watch it even the part when the guy tells the girl that he works with retards oh my god LoL Now thats funny and the dog puffy catching on fire oh and the zipper scence this movie is great!!!!
JosephNicholas More than 1 year ago
There's Something About Mary, a Farrelly Bothers film, starring Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller and Matt Dillon is the hilarious tale of a high school nerd who years later looks up the nice girl who almost was his date to the prom until a disastrous bathroom accident involving a zipper and "Beans & Franks," sends him to the ER instead. The next week Mary moved away and Ted never saw or heard from her again. Ted never forgets her and always wondered if they had a chance of being together. He somehow finds her and attempts to rekindle a friendship but without seeming like an obsessed stocker. The film is full of raunchy jokes and big laughs. This is one of my favorite comedies.
czarban1 More than 1 year ago
First, let it be said that I love to laugh and this is one of those movies I have watched a few times through the years and always cracks me up! Often so absurd darn near makes me cry!
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extremely funny and entertaining romantic comedy about a missed opportunity. Repeated viewings are very rewarding. Having seen many John Waters films many many years ago, this movie did not seem raunchy at all, but it did maintain a high level of fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Movie was funny and the acting was okay. I loved Ben stiller, but i am not a big fan of cameron. This movie would have been better if the casting of Mary was Differnt, but still overall was a entertaining move
Guest More than 1 year ago
hillarious movie you must see it
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