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There's Something About Mary

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A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from highschool, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 7.2/10 (128,990 voted)

Critic's Score: 69/100

Director: Bobby Farrelly

Stars: Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon

Ted was a geek in high school, who was going to go to the prom with one of the most popular girls in school, Mary. The prom date never happened, because Ted had a very unusual accident. Thirteen years later he realizes he is still in love with Mary, so he hires a private investigator to track her down. That investigator discovers he too may be in love with Mary, so he gives Ted some false information to keep him away from her. But soon Ted finds himself back into Mary's life, as we watch one funny scene after another.

Writers: Ed Decter, John J. Strauss

Cameron Diaz - Mary
Matt Dillon - Healy
Ben Stiller - Ted
Lee Evans - Tucker
Chris Elliott - Dom
Lin Shaye - Magda
Jeffrey Tambor - Sully
Markie Post - Mary's Mom
Keith David - Mary's Dad
W. Earl Brown - Warren
Sarah Silverman - Brenda
Khandi Alexander - Joanie
Marnie Alexenburg - Lisa
Danny Murphy - Boss' Brother (as Dan Murphy)
Richard Tyson - Detective Krevoy (as Richard M. Tyson)

Taglines: Everyone's talking about Mary...


Official Website: Fox | Official site |

Release Date: 15 July 1998

Filming Locations: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $13,740,644 (USA) (19 July 1998) (2186 Screens)

Gross: $176,483,808 (USA) (21 March 1999)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (extended cut)  | Turkey: (TV version)

Did You Know?

After the financial losses suffered from Kingpin, the Farrely brothers thought their next film would probably be their last. So they decided to go all out and deliver the most hysterically black comedy they could dream up. When There's Something About Mary became a box-office smash hit, the Farrely's careers were safe to continue.

Continuity: When Ted and Mary take Warren fishing, Ted gets a fishing lure accidentally hooked through his mouth, with hooks piercing his lip and cheek. However, in the very next scene (and for the rest of the film) he has no bandage, no wounds and no scars.

[first lines]
Ted: [voice over] When I was 16 years old, I fell in love.

User Review

Ya gotta have a sense of humor!

Rating: 8/10

When this film came out with all of the PR and things, I hated it. I hated it without even seeing it. Then, as with many movies, I caught this on Digital Cable TV, by accident. I had NO intention of seeing it, but once I did, I cannot tell you how much I loved it.

This is the Farrley Brothers at their funniest. The idea is simple, a guy (Ben Stiller) who had a crush on a woman (Carmen Diaz) he knew since high school and continued to yearn for her privately, finally getting an opportunity to try to reconnect what never got going. This is something almost everyone can identify with.

What makes this its a dead-on hard hitting comedy. The Farrley Brothers spared no one: male or female, handicapped or able bodied, black or white, rich or poor, job or not, straight or gay, animal or vegetable, blonde or brunette, educated or not. It is NOT a cinematic masterpiece so don't look for one, it is not a punch line comedy or slapstick comedy, it is sophomore humor done very well because you're going to be laughing at what you think you shouldn't no matter how much you want to say you would never laugh at something like that.

Plus the Farrley Brothers added in "some things" that...well... may have just happened to you at some point in your adolecence, and put a comedic/gross quality to it that shocks you into laughing at it. All through the film you might laugh because you're thinking, "Better them than me".....even if it was you!

Not for eveyone's taste, even those who think they know comedy, but this is that kinda comedy that is hard to do once you've reached maturity and forgotten what it was like to laugh at simple things. This is as simple as it gets. Don't put too much into it, it is what it is, and to me, it was really funny! Good Show!

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