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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. Everybody else was on their own. 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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Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006. See more »


When Healy is trying to revive the dog, he pulls two wires out of the table lamp and taps them together to make sure there is power. Letting hot and neutral wires touch as Healy did would cause a short-circuit and blow the fuse or trip the main breaker, potentially shutting everything in the living room off, and preventing Healy from zapping the dog. 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 »


(They Long to Be) Close to You
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Sally Stevens
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There's Something About Mary
13 June 1999 | by (Marietta) – See all my reviews

Insanely off the wall comedy from the Farrelly Brothers that delivers from start to finish. Wonderful early sequence with Keith David as Diaz's father busting heavily braced Stiller's chops. Stiller's zipper scene goes down as one of the funniest and most painful things I have ever witnessed on film. Diaz is divine the woman of Stiller's dreams...Dillon is hired to find Diaz...He falls in love with her and gives Stiller a bum story... Lee Evans, a pizza boy, is in love with her too... then Brett Favre comes into the picture. Every scene has something memorable from Dillon's attempts at reviving a dog to Stiller's "pre date entertainment." A classic that doesn't take itself too seriously.

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