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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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Ed Decter (story), John J. Strauss (story) | 4 more credits »
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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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Warning: The guys who did 'Dumb & Dumber' and 'Kingpin' bring you a love story. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Facebook | Official site

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The "can of whoop ass" line was improvised by Keith David, who ad-libbed most of his lines. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Ahora es Mejor
Written and Performed by Jonathan Richman
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User Reviews

 
There's Something About Mary and there's also something about this movie that makes me like it more than most other gross-out comedies
15 February 2006 | by DaRick89See all my reviews

There's Something About Mary is an apt title, for there is something about this movie that is quite endearing, particularly if you are a gross-out fan. Even if you are not a real fan of gross-outs, as is the case with me, you can still enjoy this film. This is because I find it to be funnier and more enjoyable than most other gross-out comedies (and that includes Team America). As a romantic comedy, it is also enjoyable and that is saying something as romantic comedy is, to me, a bastardised version of real comedy, often with a weak romance and diluted laughs. This is certainly not the case here. Having said that, it is not perfect: The Farrelly Brothers use a retard for cheap laughs once too often, which I did not like, the disabled guy wasn't that funny and the plot is a bit clichéd and predictable, but I expected that.

The story is about a man named Ted, who we see meet a beautiful girl, Mary, during his teenage years. However, their budding romance falls away when Ted gets his dick caught in his zipper. By the way, this scene is absolutely hilarious and so is the aftermath, after the police officer tells him to 'pull it out'; next minute, he is being carted off in an ambulance, never to see Mary again...or so we think for a minute.

Until of course, he finds himself fantasising about Mary years later. He hires a private investigator, Pat Healy, to do some snooping on her. This takes a turn for the worse, as the investigator falls in love with Mary and lies to Ted. Ted finds out about his deceiving ways, thanks to Woogy and goes to see Mary himself.

This movie is hilarious at times, funny at others; occasionally, it falls flat. There are too many hilarious and funny scenes to mention here, so I'll mention the best ones: the 'dick zipper' one, the 'fishing line' one and the one where the retard goes psycho and hits Pat Healy in the face. To be impartial, I will say that I have already mentioned some of the imperfect bits above.

The acting is quite good too. Ben Stiller does a good job as the nervy, fantasising, sensible Ted, while Matt Dillon is good as the 'sleazy investigator'. Cameron Diaz, in the days when she was still hot, is OK, but not much more than your typical love interest. The rest of the cast is nothing more than OK, including W. Earl Brown, the guy who plays the retard (as anyone could play his role).

I'll finish by saying that this is one of the best gross-out/romantic comedies I've ever seen and is definitely worth a Friday night or a DVD rental. There is a good chance that you'll be laughing like I did throughout the movie. To clinch this review, I will say that:

There's Something About Mary!

4/5 stars


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