The Cable Guy (1996)

“The future is now! Soon every American home will integrate their television, phone and computer. You’ll be able to visit the Louvre on one channel, or watch female wrestling on another. You can do your shopping at home, or play Mortal Kombat with a friend from Vietnam. There’s no end to the possibilities! ” – Chip Douglas

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Jan 2022)

Brief Synopsis – A lonely cable guy befriends a designer who isn’t interested in the attention that he is given.

My Take on it – This is another film with Jim Carrey that I had never seen and was quite interested in watching when I decided to expand my knowledge of his roles.

Carrey excels in this role and is quite believable as a lonely and deranged cable guy trying to make friends in his life.

The overall premise isn’t very original, but they find enough humorous parts here to help make things at least feel more unique.

Matthew Broderick is great in the straight role here and he and Carrey have such wonderful chemistry together that it helps make the story even more thrilling and engaging to watch due to their interactions.

The scene at Broderick’s parent’s house is hilarious and would make anyone uncomfortable just like the characters.

The film’s comedic twist to the stalker thriller works well and adds so much to the way that things move along.

As a big fan of classic TV, I loved the various connections that this story has with it and loved how the movie plays them out to unsuspecting characters along the way.

Amazing how this film was able to predict so many of the advancements in technology over the past 2 and a half decades.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene at Medieval Times where The Cable Guy asks for Steven’s chicken skin and then performs his The Silence of the Lambs (1991) impression was all improvised. During one take, Jim Carrey asked for the chicken skin out of nowhere. After doing the “The Silence of the Lambs” bit, director Ben Stiller loved it and wanted to keep it in the film even though it wasn’t in the script. If you look at Matthew Broderick’s face during this scene, you can tell he is cracking up. His reaction is a genuine laugh. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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