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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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Detective Krevoy (as Richard M. Tyson)
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Storyline

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

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15 July 1998 (USA)  »

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There's Something More About Mary  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$176,483,808 (USA) (19 March 1999)
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The hotel where Ted stays in Miami, the Cardozo, is a real hotel, owned by Gloria Estefan. See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
Ted: [voice over] When I was 16 years old, I fell in love.
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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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One of those comedies where you groan or cringe as much as you laugh. But such laughs!!
9 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's Something About Mary (1998)

A goofy, mixed bag of a film, but with a few gut-ripping hilarious scenes that you can't miss. You have to like silly stuff. You have to put up with some padding here and there (I don't recommend the longer version unless you are already love the movie). And you have to turn a blind eye to political correctness (it has none, though not like Borat, which feeds off it, more just incidentally).

Ben Stiller is great in his own way, lovable and dull at the same time, which is the idea. The other supporting male actors are comic regulars, and not my favorites, but they do what this kind of movie needs them to do. Even Bret Favre is as stiff on camera and as beefy as a quarterback is supposed to be.

But there is, naturally, something about Cameron Diaz, that clicks with audiences--her cute, perky charm, most of all. That fact that all these guys like her for her looks is not the most enlightened approach to love, is it? But then, this isn't a high brow movie, or one with scruples in particular. It's a pretty clumsy movie, in many ways, just a series of gags that sometimes are just too funny for words. "Sometimes" being more often than a lot of other comedies.


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