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"There’s Something About Mary"

Cameron Diaz is the great source of salvation for, "There’s Something About Mary." She brings beauty, warmth, wit and a great deal of innocent charm to the brothers Farrellys riotous, rude, crude and raunchy comedy.  It is rated “R” and rightly so.  Be forewarned that this is not a comedy for the whole family, even some adults might cringe at some of the antics the performers are asked to undergo.  Robert and Peter Farrelly do not hesitate to do offensive material to the hilt.  The fact that they soft-peddled it, is what makes you laugh.

Matt Dillon with his pencil thin moustache and sleazy ways create a character that you long remember after the credits are gone and by the way don’t miss the end credits as the whole group live it up with that rock song “Build Me Up, Buttercup”.  It is a riot.  Ben Stiller from “Reality Bites” and “Flirting With Disaster”, really solidifies his screen career with this effort.  From masturbation, electro-shocking a dog, to catching your penis in the fly zipper, it is a bit much, but the brothers don’t back away from such bits. There is a great deal of cringing capers, but the basic triangle is dealt a great deal of relish by a supporting cast that even has a duet that pop up now and than to tell us in song what is happening to our hero.

If you cannot laugh at this distilled bathroom humor, you have really lost all your sense of humor.  Harmless it is not.

There's Something About Mary
20th Century Fox


  • Cameron Diaz
  • Matt Dillon
  • Ben Stiller
  • Lee Evans

    Directed by ---------- Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
    Produced by --------- Frank Beddor, Michael Steinberg, Charles B. Wessler, Bradley Thomas
    Camera -------------- Mark Irwin
    Eiditor ---------------- Christopher Greenbury
    Screenplay ----------- Ed Decter, John J. Strauss, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
    Story by -------------- Ed Decter, John J. Strauss
    Rated: R

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    Original Date Friday 17 July 1998
    Updated Friday 17 July 1998