There's Something About Mary

on July 15, 1998 by Lisa Osborne
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   There certainly is something about Mary--she's beautiful, smart, funny, athletic, caring, thoughtful and SINGLE--and her five would-be suitors can't get enough of her. Take Ted (Ben Stiller): He can't stop thinking about Mary, who would have been his prom date 12 years before had it not been for the `zipper incident.' So he hires Pat (Matt Dillon), a private detective, to track her down. Pat naturally falls in love with her too. Fortunately, he's a pathological liar so it's easy for him to make up outlandish stories about Mary to dissuade Ted from meeting her. Mary's other admirers include a psychotic ex-boyfriend and a pizza boy who poses as a crippled architect to win her compassion and friendship. Even Green Bay Quarterback Brett Favre, who stars somewhat self-consciously as himself, has the hots for her.
   A fast-paced, hilarious comedy, "There's Something About Mary" will have audiences laughing out loud. This is a Farrelly Brothers movie and some of the humor is a touch risque (you'll never look at hair gel the same way again), but it's great light relief.
   "There's Something About Mary" is destined to be the sleeper hit of the summer. While it appeals to a broad audience, teenagers in particular will love it.    Starring Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon, Chris Elliot, Lee Evans and Brett Favre. Directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly. Written by Ed Decter, John J. Strauss, Bobby and Peter Farrelly. Produced by Frank Beddor, Michael Steinberg, Charlie Wessler and Bradley Thomas. A 20th Century Fox release. Comedy. Rated R for strong comic sexual content and language. Running time: 118 min.
Tags: Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon, Chris Elliot, Lee Evans, Brett Favre. Directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly. Written by Ed Decter, John J. Strauss, Bobby and Peter Farrelly. Produced by Frank Beddor, Michael Steinberg, Charlie Wessler and Bradley Thomas, 20th Century Fox, Comedy, hair gel, dog, mary
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