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>
Judd Apatow gave The Los Angeles Times a list of excised scenes, including one where Chip shoots Stephen with a staple gun and stitches his butt in the shape of a television, another where Chip pretends to be a volunteer firefighter and hurls a fireman's ax at Stephen, and one scene shot in 40-degree rain in Griffith Park, where Chip rides up on a horse resembling the headless horseman and leaps at Stephen, who puts a rock to Chip's head and threatens him until Chip implores him to "go to the dark side of the force!" The latter was cut because "the evil in Jim Carrey's eyes look too realistic." Another scene that was cut out because it didn't get big laughs and scared test audiences had Chip on top of Stephen's car acting like The Terminator. See more »
Steven and Rick (Steven's "Rock" friend) act as if computers and search engines did not exist, having to resort to a research department to find "Chip Douglas" which could have easily been done with the search engines that existed at the time the movie was made: Lycos (1994), Alta Vista (1995), Excite (1993), Ask Jeeves (Ask), Infoseek (1994), Inktomi (1996), WebCrawler (1994). See more »
I can be your best friend or your worst enemy. You seem to prefer the latter.
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The Columbia logo at the beginning of the movie segues into static from Steven's cable TV. See more »
Humor is a matter of taste, but when it is as dependent on timing and tone as this is, one at least has to admire it.
You might consider this as rooted in a comic story of obsession.
Or you could easily ignore that and get into the posturing of Carey.
But what I see is an attempt at twisting noir: the idea that the viewer perturbs life, usually the life of a random innocent. Its a profound notion this noir idea that the watcher delivers the movie. Here the watcher is in the movie, delivering it via cable. He has the identity of past "movies."
Its amazingly clever.
I watched this because I recently saw Heath Ledger in Dark Night. As widely publicized, Ledger and Nolan drew heavily from "Clockwork Oragne." But Heath had a very hard time finding the voice. I believe this helped him. The similarities are striking.
Next up in this study; "Equus."
Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.
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