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There's Something About Mary (1998)

A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boss' Brother (as Dan Murphy)
Detective Krevoy (as Richard M. Tyson)


Ted was a geek in high school, who was going to go to the prom with one of the most popular girls in school, Mary. The prom date never happened, because Ted had a very unusual accident. Thirteen years later he realizes he is still in love with Mary, so he hires a private investigator to track her down. That investigator discovers he too may be in love with Mary, so he gives Ted some false information to keep him away from her. But soon Ted finds himself back into Mary's life, as we watch one funny scene after another. Written by Justin Sharp <rainman88@earthlink.net>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong comic sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 July 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

There's Something More About Mary  »


Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,740,644, 19 July 1998, Wide Release

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Did You Know?


Matt Dillon was pretty new to comedy. He said, "It can be difficult because there's a lot of timing involved." See more »


When Ted has "it" caught in his zipper, the police officer is rolling back his unbuttoned, left sleeve. In the next shot the police officer unbuttons and rolls back his left sleeve again. See more »


[first lines]
Ted: [voice over] When I was 16 years old, I fell in love.
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Crazy Credits

A montage of scenes from the film as well as outtakes involving the cast lip-syncing to The Foundations' song "Build Me Up Buttercup" runs during the end credits. See more »


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Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: Rondo Allegro
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Vienna Mozart Ensemble
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital
By arrangement with Source/Q
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Unconventional satire stays on course while delivering major laughs
21 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

A lot of my friends said they hated this, but after i saw it and loved what I saw, it became apparent that many of these people hadn't seen it, they just KNEW they would hate it from the degradingly mysoginistic slapstick it supposedly represented. Sorry, wrong movie. This is a classic satire, replete with balladeer narrator. The gags flow fast and funny and expertly walk the tightrope between politically incorrect and unkind. This is surprisingly a movie that is very true to itself and its characters with a lot of plotlines that tie up nicely in unusual ways. And, it's a feel-good movie too. Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller are marvelous together in the leads.

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