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There's Something About Mary (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  15 July 1998 (USA)
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A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from highschool, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster.


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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 <>

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Comedy | Romance

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  »

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Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,740,644 (USA) (17 July 1998)


$176,483,808 (USA) (19 March 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Ted goes out to pee after talking with the hitchhiker, he encounters many homosexuals. Almost all of them are crew members. See more »


In the scene where Ted and Pat meet up for the "lowdown" on Mary, the brown beer bottles change orientation several times between shots. 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 »


Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »


There's Something About Mary
Written by Jonathan Richman
Performed by Jonathan Richman
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One Of The Funniest Films Ever Made
10 April 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

I don`t like comedies but I do enjoy much of the Farrelly Brothers stuff and THERE`S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY is their greatest achievment which is probably down to their casting . Ben Stiller is perfect as Ted while Matt Dillon is absolutely outstanding as sleazy ( And boy do I mean sleazy ) private investigator Pat Healy . My only criticism is of Cameron Diaz who`s slightly bland , but she is attractive and that`s all that matters

I suppose how funny you`ll find this film is down to your own subjective opinion of what should or shouldn`t be made fun of . I`ll be honest and say that jokes featuring stalking , serial killers , semen , spiking doggie snacks with drugs and learning difficulties are all fair game ,and perhaps I`m being too honest in saying I laughed out loud at these serious subjects being made fun of ?

Sorry if this review has been very short but I find it difficult to write hundreds of words about a film I love

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