There’s Something About Mary (1998)

something“Is that… is that hair gel?  ” – Mary

Number of Times Seen – at least 3 times (Theater in ’98, 23 Jul 2007 and 12 Jul 2016)

Brief Synopsis – Years after graduating high school, a guy hires a private detective to find his lost love only to complicate matters when the private eye also falls in love with her.

My Take on it – I can’t profess to be a fan of movies filled with raunchiness and crudeness, but this movie really took all of that to a new level.

Back in ’98 when this film came out, it really jumped past all of the standards for the time and was considered by some to be ground-breaking and by others to have just “crossed the line”.

Watching it 18 years later, I can’t say that I can agree with either of those sentiments because the truth is so much has changed over the last two decades that it’s impossible to think of this movie as either of those categories.

The Farrelly Brothers knew how to cross the line but that line has been moved over so much over the years that it’s hard to say when it happened and ultimately it helps to somewhat desensitize us to the way things are presented here and it all seems so much less offensive then it did back then.

The cats is superb with Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz and Matt Dillon all bringing their “A Game” to help create iconic scenes and characters that can be fondly remembered for year to come.

Who can forget the after-effects of Stiller’s “self-pleasure” scene and not laugh at the results of it.  Yes, it may seem a bit like overkill but the fact that we know something that the characters don’t just makes it extremely funny to watch.

Bottom Line – Raunchy and crude just like the Farrelly’s like it. Feels tamer now than it did when it came out. Great cast helps create some iconic scenes and characters. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Dropping Ted on the stretcher wasn’t scripted. When it happened, they cut to make sure Ben Stiller was okay and then thought it was so funny they left it in. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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5 thoughts on “There’s Something About Mary (1998)

  1. It’s one interesting and funny film! You’re very right, the novelty is gradually eroding away but I think it’ll continue as a comedy classic.


  2. One of my favourite comedies of all time. Sigh, I wonder if we’ll ever see a return to the Farrelly Brothers of the ’90s. Movie 43 and their recent works have been… not good…


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