Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Chris' Film Club: There's Something About Mary

It's former NFL quarterback Brett Favre's birthday today (yes, Chris is going for the obscure angle here we feel...) and he makes a cameo appearance in today's film, an early gross-out effort which has since become the benchmark to which most modern American comedies now aspire to.  Cameron Diaz plays the titular character and magnetic draw to a quartet of desperados in the form of Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon, Chris 'Groundhog Day' Elliott and our own Lee Evans.  Stiller's character Ted can't seem to live down his (very) painful departure from his prom date with Mary back in high school and seeks her out in later life, aided by down-at-heel private eye Healy (Matt Dillon) who also ends up taken in by Mary's charms.  As if this isn't enough he has to contend with Evans as a supposed British architect (actually a pizza delivery guy), the lesion-infected ex Elliott and Favre as a good-natured guy smeared by Evans -  all of whom have their eye on the eponymous Mary.

It's certainly not family-friendly material, bad language plays out alongside wince-inducing physical gags but it is basically a solid comedy from the makers of 'Kingpin' and 'Me, Myself and Irene', often cited as today's answer to the Zucker/Abrahams team behind the Airplane and Naked Gun movies.  We like it here anyway!

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