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The Cable Guy (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Thriller  |  14 June 1996 (USA)
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A lonely and disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences.

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Steven Kovak has been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Steven has a new apartment, and decides to slip the cable guy (Chip) $50 for free cable. Steven then fakes an interest in Chip's line of work. However Chip takes this to heart trying to become Steven's best bud. When Steven no longer wants to be Chips friend the man who can do it all goes on an all out assault to ruin Steven's life. In the backdrop is the delicate sub-plot of the trial of a former kid star for murdering his brother. Written by Wayne Jamieson <jamtin@OntheNet.com.au>

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Rated PG-13 for dark thematic elements and crude humor | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,806,226 (USA) (14 June 1996)

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$60,154,431 (USA) (30 August 1996)
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Several scenes appear in the trailer that do not appear in the film. Among these scenes are: Steven and Robin leaving his parent's house after hitting Chip with Robin looking upset and Steven telling her that Chip leaves him messages night and day and never leaves him alone. Chip walking up to Steven during the evening at his parent's and telling him to not mess with him. Another shot of Chip through the eye hole in the door after knocking excessively and yelling "Cable Guy!". Additional footage of Chip calling through the telephone wires trying to call Steven. Chip holding two beans in his upper lip to make it look like a mustache. Chip and someone else popping up from behind a couch and surprising Steven. And a very brief slow motion shot of Steven staring at something off-camera with an uncomfortable face during dinner (presumably Chip). See more »

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During the basketball game at the gym, after Chip shatters the backboard, he falls down into the glass on the floor. However you can clearly see an outline within the shattered glass, where he should land. See more »

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Chip Douglas: Dos thus have thou a mug of ale for me and me mate, for he hath been pitched in battle for a fortnight and has the king's thirst for the frosty brew dos thou might have for thus!
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One of Carrey's Best Performances
29 August 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

When first released, Cable Guy was such an unusual departure for Jim Carrey and his usual slapstick, manic, goofy comedies that people just didn't understand it or like it. When word of Carrey's enormous $20 million paycheck for this film spread, hopes were high that Cable Guy would be smothered in Carrey's slice of hilarious dementia to the extreme.

Carrey certainly brought an air of craziness to Chip Douglas, a lonely, TV-addicted, and creepy cable installer who befriends the unwilling Matthew Broderick (here, looking just nervous and bewildered for the entire film). But something was missing from this Carrey vehicle from the others: he was not all fun and games. In fact, he was downright funny weird, not funny haha.

So here lies one of the major problems people have with this film: it veers from dark comedy into darkness, period. Carrey isn't making an ass of himself in every scene. No. Instead, Carrey's Chip Douglas is an obsessive, extreme, two-faced sociopath. The result? What would be Jim Carrey's best performance to date, surpassed only by his Truman Burbank in The Truman Show.

Sure, it's got a story that's been done to death: normal guy meets psycho and is stalked. But oh, what fun it is to see Jim drag Matthew Broderick into such uncomfortable situations as playing Porno Password with his parents (Carrey whispering "Nipple" into Broderick's ear is absolute brilliance).

Cable Guy is definitely not for fans who want to see Jim Carrey do what created his career; that is, silly, goofy, and flailing comedy. However, avid fans of black comedies will love seeing Carrey's first step in his evolution as a gifted, serious, and undeniably interesting actor.

8 out of 10.


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