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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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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)  »

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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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The scene with the homosexuals is staged in a South Carolina Rest Stop (with South Carolina trooper decals and uniforms). This is based on a real case where Troopers discovered that the stops where being used as meeting places for homosexuals to meet and have anonymous sex. The troopers learned this after arresting a South Carolina state official "in the act" at one of the stops. See more »


When Ted is caught is his zipper, his jacket appears and disappears 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 »


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Funny, but surprisingly sweet too.
10 December 1998 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

The shock comedy aside (zipper and hair gel scenes), purposeful unpolitically correct moments (humor at expense of handicapped, animal cruelty), the most surprising thing about this film is it has heart and is rather sweet. It's not the completely nasty, cruel comedy you might have been expecting. There's a nice love story in here too. It's corny and cliche'd and doesn't feel overly cloying because there are enough shockingly funny moments to offset it. The acting is good, the pacing brisk, and the jokes, well... you've heard all about the best ones by now.

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