REVIEW:THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY

CAST

Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher)
Ben Stiller (Zoolander)
Matt Dillon (Crash)
Chris Elliott (Kingpin)
Lee Evans (The Fifth Element)
Lin Shaye (Ouija)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
Markie Post (Hearts Afire)
Keith David (Pitch Black)
W. Earl Brown (Bates Motel)
Sarah Silverman (A Million Ways To Die In The West)
Khandi Alexander (DArk Blue)
Willie Garson (Stargate SG.1)
Richard Tyson (Kindergarten Cop)
Richard Jenkins (The Cabin In The Woods)

In 1985, 16-year-old high school student Ted Stroehmann (Ben Stiller) lands a prom date with his dream girl Mary Jensen (Cameron Diaz), which is cancelled after a painful and embarrassing zipper accident. After the ordeal gains the attention of numerous members of the household and community and Ted is carted off to a hospital, he subsequently loses contact with Mary.Thirteen years later, in 1998, 29-year-old Ted is still in love with Mary. On the advice of his best friend Dom (Chris Elliott), he hires a smarmy private detective named Pat Healy (Matt Dillon) to track her down. Healy discovers that she is an orthopedic surgeon living in Miami with her friend, Magda, and instantly falls in love with Mary as well. He lies to Ted about her, saying she is grossly overweight with many children, to discourage him from having any contact with her. Healy resorts to lying, cheating, stalking, and even drugging Magda’s dog to win Mary over, but is exposed by Mary’s architect friend, Tucker (Lee Evans), who is heavily reliant on crutches and speaks with an English accent. Enraged, Healy tails Tucker and discovers him to be a fraud himself: he is an able-bodied, entirely American pizza delivery boy also in love with Mary. For years, Tucker has been driving away potential rivals through slander, including one oft-mentioned suitor referred to only as “Brett.”
33geZMyKyy4yTUVAKaKETA9JDVxMeanwhile, Ted decides he still wants to reconnect with Mary and, assisted by Dom, drives down to Florida and discovers the truth about her. Ted seems to have won Mary’s love, until an anonymous letter exposes his connection with Healy, and she breaks contact with him. Ted confronts Healy and Tucker, and Mary is accosted by Dom, who is revealed to be her former boyfriend “Woogie,” who “got weird on her” back in college, stealing all her shoes. When Mary is finally together with all of her deceitful suitors, Ted realizes that the only one who did not resort to lying and manipulation to win Mary was Brett, who turns out to be NFL quarterback Brett Favre. After reuniting Brett and Mary, Ted leaves tearfully until Mary catches up to Ted, saying that she would be happiest with him.
theres-something-about-mary-1200-1200-675-675-crop-000000The film concludes with the two engaging in a kiss while a guitarist (Jonathan Richman), who periodically narrated the story in song throughout the film, is accidentally shot by Magda’s boyfriend, who was trying to shoot Ted so he could win over Mary.MaryThe shock comedy aside (zipper and hair gel scenes), purposeful unpolitically correct moments (humor at expense of handicapped, animal cruelty), the most surprising thing about this film is it has heart and is rather sweet. It’s not the completely nasty, cruel comedy you might have been expecting. There’s a nice love story in here too. It’s corny and cliche’d and doesn’t feel overly cloying because there are enough shockingly funny moments to offset it.

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