This file was generated 2002-09-03 03:17 GMT. This movie's information hasn't changed since 2001-03-22.
Scott Ventura >> Movie Commentary >> August 1998 >> There's Something About Mary
There is great concern that trailers give away more of the movie than they should. The first time through a movie like The Truman Show will be radically different if you know in advance that which isn't explicitly explained until about forty-five minutes in. The trailer for There's Something About Mary gives away one of the biggest laughs in the movie, but surprisingly not to the detriment of the effectiveness of the joke. I was crossing and re-crossing my legs for several minutes awaiting the punchline that I'd seen in the commercials. The buildup brought me to a fever pitch before the movie took the joke farther than thirty seconds would allow, making it a seriously potent laugh.
The movie is packed with cringe moments. The directors know how to build a joke like Rossini knew how to build a crescendo. The score uses Bizet's Carmen, but I digress. There are more jokes that go past where you'd think they'd stop being funny, then get a notch funnier. This movie made me laugh so much that I hurt. There should almost be a warning advising against having food around because of the disastrous consequences if a laugh strikes at the wrong time.
I feel compelled to mention that not all of the humor is in good taste. Maybe none of the humor is in good taste. The shattering of expectations about what is allowed to be funny in politically correct times brings on some of the biggest laughs. Just don't say I didn't warn you!
is an awfully good sport. She is cast here as the average American
male's perfect woman. That's not the most flattering character
to portray, necessarily, but the camera worships her, and it's well
deserved. Diaz was sultry in
as Tina Carlyle, but here she glows with an impossible innocence and
joy. Unless I missed something, Diaz is only wearing underwear when the
plot plans to have her remove it for comic effect, and it contributed
to the already immense sex appeal of the character.
does indeed give Mary Something to have There be About. As the
title implies, There's Something About Mary!
I should really make some mention of Mary's many suitors. Ben Stiller is at his most likable as the pathetic protagonist. Matt Dillon, so hunky in Wild Things, is tamed down one way and fired up in another as a truly unctuous slimebag. Lee Evans (see if you can pick him out in Fifth Element) really sells his disability. A few more, including an unlikely sports hero, pop their heads in, but not with the results of the main three.