There's Something About Mary Movie Review

Sure it's ridiculous. Sure it's in generally poor taste. So what? That's what makes There's Something About Mary so good.

If you've seen the trailer, you know the story: Ted (Ben Stiller) finally gets to go out with Mary (Cameron Diaz) to the prom and is stymied by a freak zipper accident, sending him into years of therapy to wonder what-coulda-been. Thirteen years later, we find that he's not the only one fixated on Mary... as no fewer than five suitors appear to win her heart.

Done one way, this could've been a Disney movie. Done the Farrelly brothers (Dumb And Dumber) way, it's anything but.

Frankly, I prefer the Farrelly brothers way, because it's just so damn hilarious. Most of the funny bits have unfortunately be spoiled by the trailer, but it's no matter; Mary's still got plenty of juice in her.

Diaz is memorable in her best role to date, and Stiller plays the straight man, admirably taking countless blows to the frank and beans. But it's the supporting players, like Jeffrey Tambor as a coke fiend, Lee Evans as a pizza guy masquerading as an erudite architect (to get close to Mary), and Lin Shaye as the over-tanned and ultra-saggy Magda, Mary's roommate, who rule the film.

The little touches, though, are what you remember. Diaz's impromptu hair gel, Matt Dillon's teeth caps, and those infamous franks and beans. Mary is still going so strong that she's now out on a two-disc set that restores 15 minutes of deleted scenes seamlessly into the movie. There's a commentary track from the Farrellys, plus a new commentary to their commentary, available by clicking an on-screen icon that pops up periodically. A second disc of extras adds endless shorts, featurettes, outtakes, videos, and whatnot. There's definitely something about this disc!

[]

Bow wow wow!


Comments

There's Something About Mary Rating

" Excellent "

Rating: R, 1998

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Why ‘The House of Magic’ Is The Movie To Go See This Weekend

If you’re looking for a cinematic treat for all the family this weekend, then...

Why ‘The House of Magic’ Is The Movie To Go See This Weekend

Here Comes Guardians of The Galaxy, A Huge Weekend in Store?

‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ hits cinemas next weekend with Marvel...

Here Comes Guardians of The Galaxy, A Huge Weekend in Store?

Bastille - Flaws [Live]

Bastille perform their 2012 single 'Flaws' live at The Troubadour in London to an enthusiastic crowd. The...

Bastille - Flaws [Live] Video

Colbie Caillat - Try Single Review

Colbie Caillat isn't known for producing 'trendy' pop songs of any kind, but she certainly always maintains...

Colbie Caillat - Try Single Review

'The Purge: Anarchy' Launches Another Grisly Franchise

Last year's sleeper hit The Purge was an unusually intelligent thriller starring Ethan Hawke as...

'The Purge: Anarchy' Launches Another Grisly Franchise

Nightcrawler Trailer

Lou Bloom is a hard-working budding journalist whose deep obsession with his career has rendered him...

Nightcrawler Trailer
Advertisement

'Joe' Is A Reminder That Nicolas Cage is a Great Actor

There are all kinds of theories about Nicolas Cage's acting style, usually centred on whether...

'Joe' Is A Reminder That Nicolas Cage is a Great Actor

Blunt, Mirren or Winslet? Who Will Win Best Actress Oscar 2015?

The biggest night in the film award circuit is still seven months away. But...

Blunt, Mirren or Winslet? Who Will Win Best Actress Oscar 2015?

Legendary Rocker Tom Petty Returns With New Album 'Hypnotic Eyes'

American rock legend Tom Petty reunites with backing band The Heartbreakers...

Legendary Rocker Tom Petty Returns With New Album 'Hypnotic Eyes'


More recommendations

Advertisement