Steven Kovak has been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Steven has a new apartment, and decides to slip the cable guy (Chip) $50 for free cable. Steven then fakes an interest in Chip's line of work. However Chip takes this to heart trying to become Steven's best bud. When Steven no longer wants to be Chips friend the man who can do it all goes on an all out assault to ruin Steven's life. In the backdrop is the delicate sub-plot of the trial of a former kid star for murdering his brother.Written by
Wayne Jamieson <jamtin@OntheNet.com.au>
A scene from Play Misty for Me (1971) can be seen on the television near the beginning of the movie, in which Clint Eastwood is stalked by a psychotic clinger, obviously an influence on the plot of this movie. Eastwood also starred in The Dead Pool (1988) and Pink Cadillac (1989), in both there were early appearances from Jim Carrey. See more »
At Steven's parents' house, Steven calls Chip a "bastard" and
covers his mouth in shock at what he said. In the next shot, his hand is no longer over his mouth. See more »
[using Cable Guy's advice to Robin]
I don't listen to you. I pretend to understand, but I'm really just saying the things that I think you want to hear. And I'm interested in learning about every detail of the complicated splendor that is you.
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The Columbia logo at the beginning of the movie segues into static from Steven's cable TV. See more »
In some video versions, Steven's dream when Chip bust up the door is cut. See more »
Humor is a matter of taste, but when it is as dependent on timing and tone as this is, one at least has to admire it.
You might consider this as rooted in a comic story of obsession.
Or you could easily ignore that and get into the posturing of Carey.
But what I see is an attempt at twisting noir: the idea that the viewer perturbs life, usually the life of a random innocent. Its a profound notion this noir idea that the watcher delivers the movie. Here the watcher is in the movie, delivering it via cable. He has the identity of past "movies."
Its amazingly clever.
I watched this because I recently saw Heath Ledger in Dark Night. As widely publicized, Ledger and Nolan drew heavily from "Clockwork Oragne." But Heath had a very hard time finding the voice. I believe this helped him. The similarities are striking.
Next up in this study; "Equus."
Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.
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