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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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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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Warning: The guys who did 'Dumb & Dumber' and 'Kingpin' bring you a love story. See more »


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?


The high school scene in the beginning was shot at Plantation's City Hall in Florida. Upon seeing a rough cut of the film, and displeased with the raunchiness, city council members requested that Plantation not be acknowledged in the credits. See more »


When Mary and Pat are at the carnival, her cotton candy shrinks faster than she is eating it. 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 »


Referenced in The Underground Comedy Movie (1999) See more »


I've Got You Under My Skin
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Ray Conniff
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

There's something about Mary, and I agree.
11 August 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

The plot is nothing new: A guy trying to get the love of the one he admired. We all have seen something like this in the past, and we will see something like this in the future. But in this movie the plot isn't important.

When you watch it you just know how it's gonna end, and so the focus is not on the plot but the actual happenings in the movie, and there's a lot. First, the movie is funny, with its many gags that just keeps on coming (a Farrelly Bros. tradition). They might not be in everyone's taste, but at least they aren't forced or out of place. Second, the people seem real enough to be in the situations they brought themselves into (kudos for the great acting, though it could be better). Third, Cameron Diaz is adorable, beautiful, and a marvel to look at. Plus, she got the job carrying the whole movie and she accomplished that ever so gracefully. You just can't help but fall in love with her too, along with every guy in the film.

This is a very good romantic comedy by the Farrelly Bros.. Just like in "Dumb and Dumber" or "King Pin", the brothers have made a comedy that has just the right amount of everything. Excellent job!!

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