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There's Something About Mary (1998)

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A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, 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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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  »

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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Did You Know?


On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), Cameron Diaz admitted being the body inside the bag carried by the hitchhiker, played by Harland Williams. See more »


The film features two troubadours several times throughout the film. Though we can hear the vocals and accompanying guitar and drum lines, this music almost never matches what the drummer and guitarist are actually doing with their instruments on screen. This was intentional on the part of the filmmakers and meant to be humorous. See more »


[first lines]
Ted: [voice over] When I was 16 years old, I fell in love.
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Crazy Credits

Closing dedication: This movie is dedicated to the memory of Ryan Mone, West Tisbury, Massachusetts See more »


Referenced in Robot Chicken: 1987 (2006) See more »


Written by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dorothy Heyward and DuBose Heyward
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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