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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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No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. Everybody else was on their own. 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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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

W. Earl Brown said that once he figured out Warren's walk, the character grew from there. See more »

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When Healy is trying to revive the dog, he pulls two wires out of the table lamp and taps them together to make sure there is power. Letting hot and neutral wires touch as Healy did would cause a short-circuit and blow the fuse or trip the main breaker, potentially shutting everything in the living room off, and preventing Healy from zapping the dog. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ted: [voice over] When I was 16 years old, I fell in love.
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Closing dedication: This movie is dedicated to the memory of Ryan Mone, West Tisbury, Massachusetts See more »

Alternate Versions

To receive a PG rating the Singapore version was very heavily censored. It runs 6 minutes less then the original version. By MPAA standards it would probably get a PG-13 at most. Here are just a few of the many things that are censored in this version:
  • All profanities have been dubbed over.
  • In the bathroom scene when the construction worker says "Hoooly Sh*t!" and then we get a look at Ted's genitals caught in the zipper is cut out.
  • The scene where Pat Healy spies on Mary we do not see Magda's old saggy breast. Instead when Pat pulls out his big binoculars it just pans back to Mary putting her shirt on.
  • The masturbation scene is completely cut out of the film. But we still see Don talk to him about and convince him to masturbate before the scene and we see the "Hair Gel" result.
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One of the funniest movies of the 90's.
21 December 2005 | by jaysilentbob37See all my reviews

I desperately wish that the Farelly brothers would go back to doing gross-out comedies like they did with Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, Me, Myself, and Irene, and this. This is by far the best of all their movies. There are three kinds of comedy. Comedies that make you smile (Sixteen Candles), comedies that make you laugh (Airplane), and comedies that cause you to nearly asphyxiate yourself from laughing so hard. This is one of those rare third category movies. With the friends I watched it with, the laughs sounded like nuclear bombs going off in my room. It's that funny.

Thirteen years ago, Ted (Ben Stiller) landed a prom date with the most popular and beautiful girl in school, Mary (Cameron Diaz). Unfortunately, the date wasn't meant to be, for Ted has his manhood damaged right in front of Mary, and ends up in the hospital instead of the prom.

Thirteen years later, Ted decides to track Mary down, and have a second chance with his dream girl. He hires sleazy private eye, Pat (Matt Dillon)to find her for him. Pat finds her, and she's grown up beautiful. Pat decides he wants to date her. He stalks her, finds out everything she wants in a man, and poses as just that. Meanwhile, Ted has been led to believe that Mary has become fat white trash in a wheelchair. Pat and Mary start dating.

Well, by the end of the movie, every man who is involved in the story has tried to make a move on Mary. We all know how it ends, but it's one funny ride. One thing about this movie that's commendable is how the mentally retarded character is treated. He is treated in a way that isn't rude, or offensive. Mary sticks up for him, and he's really innocent. The funniest gag in the movie involves a NEW brand of HAIR GEL (compliments of Ted, and tested by Mary). I won't tell you what's really being mistaken for hair gel, but when you find out, you'll laugh so hard, you gag. This movie knows what a comedy of this type should be like. Each gag goes somewhere, and is really big. They're usually extended scenes with punchlines. Me, Myself, and Irene goes for the cheapest laughs you can find, but There's Something About Mary takes it's time, carefully planning each gag, in order to make it gut-bustingly hilarious. That's just what this movie is. 10/10.

It is rated R for Strong Comic Sexual Content, and Language. Sex: 8/10 Violence: 3/10 Swearing: 9/10 Drugs: 2/10


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