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|There's Something More About Mary |
Widescreen Collector's Edition
Actors: Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Lee Evans, Chris Elliott
Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
There's Something About Mary is one of the funniest movies in years, recalling the days of the Zucker-Abraham-Zucker movies, in which (often tasteless) gags were piled on at a fierce rate. The difference is that cowriters ... more »
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Andrew Ellington | I'm kind of everywhere | 03/29/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ah, the Farrelly brothers. This is what, their masterpiece? Who am I to deny them that? This is most likely their finest film, although I am not the biggest fan of their work so that isn't saying a whole lot. But, maybe it is. The fact remains that, while I am not a gigantic fan of their work in general, I am a pretty big fan of this film. It's fun, funny and entertaining.
And believe me, there IS something about Cameron Diaz.
The film follows lovesick Ted as he attempts to track down Mary, the girl of his dreams. He knew her in high school and actually had a shot with her until a horrible accident caused a riff of embarrassment that followed Ted into his adult life. Ted hires a loser named Healy to track her down. Healy, a complete jerk, becomes smitten with Mary (because she's hot) and so he feeds Ted a slew of lies to get him off her trail and then goes in for the kill himself. Mary is successful and wealthy and looking for the right guy. Ted decides to pursue her regardless of the fact that, according to Healy, she is a wheelchair bound fatty with a slew of children and no money.
Ah, love is in the air.
`There's Something About Mary' doesn't nail every gag. The Farrelly brothers have their own style and it doesn't always work to their advantage. That said, when they do nail it, they nail it hard. In fact, every scene with that hilarious mutt named Puffy is just brilliant, and far funnier than the obsessed about hair-gel scene. The fight scene with Puffy had me in tears it was so funny, and the resuscitation scene still gets me in full barrel laughs.
The vulgarity here can be harsh, but it's also used in such a breezy nature that it becomes a part of the film, something light and airy and fun.
Ben Stiller is really good at what he does (far better than Adam Sandler) and he always nails these types of roles. Matt Dillon is hilarious here, hilariously EVIL! Lin Shaye is ridiculous. I mean, she's funny to look at really. Her leathery skin and disturbing love of her dog is just one of the many reasons to point and laugh when she is on the screen. But, as the title of the film suggests, this is all about Mary, and as Mary, Cameron Diaz is marvelous. She is certainly the funniest thing about the film, and her natural, carefree, ditzy-yet-SMARTER-THAN-YOU take on the character is classic! She nails every scene with a needed conviction, and her dramatic scenes are all tainted with enough humor to make her character completely believable and wholly adorable.
The New York Film Critics Circle was right that year!
It's not perfect, but it's a laugh riot and one that I can truly recommend. There is a lot of hype surrounding this one for those who have never seen it. It isn't the godsend of all comedies, but it is definitely noteworthy and worth taking the time to see."
Very Very Funny, Frequently Vulgar But Enjoyable Nonetheless
Frederick Baptist | Singapore | 08/13/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is my favourite Farrelly Brothers film as it still manages to entertain without dumbing down too much to the audience unlike "Dumb and Dumber" which I hate with a passion. This comedy also has a nice moral in it about the difference between love and obsession/lust and the merits of perseverence in relationships; the outrageousness of the antics of Mary's suitors is what makes the film work as well as the daringness at the time to use so many taboo topics just slays me everytime I watch this. I also liked the tribute to Nat King Cole in that other criminally underrated comedy spoof of the Western genre "Cat Ballou" although Nat's counterpart does a whole lot more singing than Richman's who just plays the drum here. Needless to say, Richman isn't worthy to carry Nat King Cole's sandals when it comes to vocal and star quality.
This dvd is strangely bare special features-wise for a Special Edition although the picture quality is very good and so is the sound quality coming in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound mode. Certainly controversial and not everyone's cup of tea but for those who are able to not take this film too seriously as it is a comedy after all may find that this film falls under that rare quality of a comedy that ages pretty well."