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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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Taglines:

There's Just Something About Her... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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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

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

The high school scene in the beginning was shot at Plantation's City Hall in Florida. Upon seeing a rough cut of the film, and displeased with the raunchiness, city council members requested that Plantation not be acknowledged in the credits. See more »

Goofs

A running gag throughout the film is Warren's sensitivity to his ears (he freaks out when anyone touches them). However, in the 1985 flashback where a guy was setting him up for a prank, he didn't react when the guy whispered in his ear. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

In the Fox broadcast of the film, along with the expected dialogue dubs (for example: "I'm fooling with you" rather than "I'm f*cking with you"; "That's bullcrap" rather than "That's bullsh*t", etc.), several scenes use alternate footage in place of the more R-Rated footage. Among them:
  • Before the infamous "hair gel scene", Dom uses the phrase "release your manhood" rather than the more R-Rated "Blow your load".
  • The infamous "hair gel scene" only shows a wide angle with Mary and Ted up until the point that Mary takes the "hair gel" off his ear and wipes it in her hair (while the scene where Ted masturbates is cut, Ted is shown searching the room for it). When played up in this manner, it implies that it is actually a wad of hairgel, as opposed to a male biological product.
  • In scene where Dom and his wife watch "Cops" together, rather than show Dom's wife performing oral sex, they are simply cuddled up together on the couch.
  • When Ted's friend calls him "a f*cking liar", alternate footage used shows him simply saying, "You're a liar."
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Connections

Featured in Comedy Central Canned Ham: Something About Mary (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Everything Shines
Written by Chris Trapper
Performed by The Push Stars
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets
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Ya gotta have a sense of humor!
22 April 2003 | by lambiepie-2See all my reviews

When this film came out with all of the PR and things, I hated it. I hated it without even seeing it. Then, as with many movies, I caught this on Digital Cable TV, by accident. I had NO intention of seeing it, but once I did, I cannot tell you how much I loved it.

This is the Farrley Brothers at their funniest. The idea is simple, a guy (Ben Stiller) who had a crush on a woman (Carmen Diaz) he knew since high school and continued to yearn for her privately, finally getting an opportunity to try to reconnect what never got going. This is something almost everyone can identify with.

What makes this work...is its a dead-on hard hitting comedy. The Farrley Brothers spared no one: male or female, handicapped or able bodied, black or white, rich or poor, job or not, straight or gay, animal or vegetable, blonde or brunette, educated or not. It is NOT a cinematic masterpiece so don't look for one, it is not a punch line comedy or slapstick comedy, it is sophomore humor done very well because you're going to be laughing at what you think you shouldn't no matter how much you want to say you would never laugh at something like that.

Plus the Farrley Brothers added in "some things" that...well... may have just happened to you at some point in your adolecence, and put a comedic/gross quality to it that shocks you into laughing at it. All through the film you might laugh because you're thinking, "Better them than me".....even if it was you!

Not for eveyone's taste, even those who think they know comedy, but this is that kinda comedy that is hard to do once you've reached maturity and forgotten what it was like to laugh at simple things. This is as simple as it gets. Don't put too much into it, it is what it is, and to me, it was really funny! Good Show!


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