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There's Something About Mary (1998)

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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Diaz ... Mary
Matt Dillon ... Healy
Ben Stiller ... Ted
Lee Evans ... Tucker
Chris Elliott ... Dom
Lin Shaye ... Magda
Jeffrey Tambor ... Sully
Markie Post ... Mary's Mom
Keith David ... Mary's Dad
W. Earl Brown ... Warren
Sarah Silverman ... Brenda
Khandi Alexander ... Joanie
Marnie Alexenburg ... Lisa
Danny Murphy ... Boss' Brother (as Dan Murphy)
Richard Tyson ... 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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Everyone's talking about Mary... See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

There's Something More About Mary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,740,644, 19 July 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$176,484,651

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$369,884,651
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended cut) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the identity of Brett Favre as Mary's previous boyfriend "Brett" is kept secret throughout the film, a clue to his identity is provided by Mary's friend who refers to him as "Pacman". At the time, Favre played for the Green Bay Packers. See more »

Goofs

When Woogie clutches Mary's shoes and is shoved onto the sofa, the shoes are arranged differently in his arms in every shot. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

An extended version which runs 10 minutes longer was released on DVD:
  • The credits start as clay animations which then blend into real people.
  • Ted talks with Woogie about his session with the psychiatrist. Ted thinks he is a loser. Woogie tries to lift Ted's spirits by telling him how lucky he was, when his brother got killed in an explosion so that his kidneys could save Ted's life.
  • Healy and his buddy Sully visit his apartment. When parking the car, the guy brags how easily it is to pick up women in Miami.
  • Healy admires Sully's apartment and gets to know Bill, the python.
  • Mary tells Magda she shouldn't drink alcohol that early in the morning cause she stinks like a distillery.
  • Sully who gets a phone call from Healy because of the borrowed car. Healy made Sully sniff cocaine.
  • Whilst helping a disabled man move, a reporter meets him halfway up the steps to tell him that he parked his car in the handicapped area.
  • At the architecture exhibition Tucker asks Healey for his business card.
  • In front of Marys house, Healy asks if he may touch her breasts.
  • Sully is shown sniffing coke.
  • Sully is shown lying on a couch. There are some shots of his dog and Bill, the python, which he hasn't fed in ages.
  • Mary admits to Magda that when it came to Healey, she had trusted her head and not her instincts.
  • After Healy exposes Tucker, the orderer of the pizza appears. Tucker throws the pizza after him.
  • The barkeeper in the strip-club knows Tucker has no money and threatens to throw him out.
  • The fight Puffy vs. Ted is longer.
  • At Sully's apartment Ted and Healy see Bill, the python. Healy assumes that Bill ate the dog. We learn that neither Healy nor Tucker sent the letter to Mary. Then suddenly Sully's dog comes and Healy realizes that Sully was eaten by Bill.
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Soundtracks

Summertime
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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Goofy, low brow humour- but it has something...
19 November 1999 | by Meredith-7See all my reviews

In the past I have not been a great fan of the Farrelly brothers films, however this film is an exception. The dog scenes were probably the funniest personally, but there were heaps of other scenes that are well worth a mention. Cameron Diaz was fantastic as Mary, the girl everyone is after and Ben Stiller was excellent. Matt Dillon was way too over the top- I know his role somewhat warranted it- but did he have to be so excessive? He seemed so irritating. There is no doubt that the humour in this film is of the lowest possible calibre, but it really works- think Dumb & Dumber, but only quite good. Despite all the comic situations in the film, there is still something undeniably sweet in the centre of the story, I think thats what made it work. Its certainly not top class entertainment, but its highly recommended for when you are in a stupid mood and need a good laugh.


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