There's Something About Mary [WS] [DVD] [1998]

  • SKU: 5364679
  • Release Date: 02/01/2005
  • Rating: R
The Farrelly Brothers set this romantic comedy in their home state of Rhode Island. In 1985, when teen-nerd Ted Stroehmann (Ben Stiller) challenges a high-schooler who's bullying retarded Warren Jenson (W. Earl Brown), his concern prompts Warren's sister, the dazzling and desirable Mary Jenson (Cameron Diaz) to choose Ted as her senior prom date, a fact Ted's pals find hard to believe. However, on prom night, Ted gets his penis caught in his zipper, so the much-desired date never happens. Living in Providence and waxing nostalgic 13 years later, Ted hires Pat Healy (Matt Dillon) to locate Mary, and the creepy private investigator finds her in Miami, where she lives with her tan-shriveled roommate Magda (Lin Shaye). After Pat develops a stalker-style fixation on the lovely, unattached Mary, he lies to Ted, telling him that she's now an overweight mother confined to a wheelchair. Employing professional eavesdropping equipment, Pat gathers a dossier on Mary's life and future plans, information that forms the basis for more lies when Pat begins dating her. Sure enough, Mary falls for Pat, although her friend Tucker (Lee Evans) is very suspicious of Pat's claim to be a Harvard-educated architect. Meanwhile, Ted learns the truth but continues to encounter offbeat obstacles as he accelerates to Miami in hopes of finding happiness with his true love. Former Modern Lovers singer Jonathan Richman vocalizes a narrative ballad of onscreen commentary in the Cat Ballou (1965) tradition. Most of the cast sings and frolics to Build Me Up, Buttercup during the closing credits.
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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (125 out of 128)

Special Features


  • Includes original theatrical version and extended version with 15 minutes of restored footage
  • Directors' audio commentary by the Farrelly Brothers
  • Writers' audio commentary by Ed Decter and John J. Strauss
  • Alternate opening (clay-animated title sequence)
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


There's Something About Mary
The Farrelly Brothers set this romantic comedy in their home state of Rhode Island. In 1985, when teen-nerd Ted Stroehmann (Ben Stiller) challenges a high-schooler who's bullying retarded Warren Jenson (W. Earl Brown), his concern prompts Warren's sister, the dazzling and desirable Mary Jenson (Cameron Diaz) to choose Ted as her senior prom date, a fact Ted's pals find hard to believe. However, on prom night, Ted gets his penis caught in his zipper, so the much-desired date never happens. Living in Providence and waxing nostalgic 13 years later, Ted hires Pat Healy (Matt Dillon) to locate Mary, and the creepy private investigator finds her in Miami, where she lives with her tan-shriveled roommate Magda (Lin Shaye). After Pat develops a stalker-style fixation on the lovely, unattached Mary, he lies to Ted, telling him that she's now an overweight mother confined to a wheelchair. Employing professional eavesdropping equipment, Pat gathers a dossier on Mary's life and future plans, information that forms the basis for more lies when Pat begins dating her. Sure enough, Mary falls for Pat, although her friend Tucker (Lee Evans) is very suspicious of Pat's claim to be a Harvard-educated architect. Meanwhile, Ted learns the truth but continues to encounter offbeat obstacles as he accelerates to Miami in hopes of finding happiness with his true love. Former Modern Lovers singer Jonathan Richman vocalizes a narrative ballad of onscreen commentary in the Cat Ballou (1965) tradition. Most of the cast sings and frolics to Build Me Up, Buttercup by The Foundations during the closing credits. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Ben Stiller
    Ben Stiller - Ted Stroehmann
  • Cameron Diaz
    Cameron Diaz - Mary Jenson
  • Matt Dillon
    Matt Dillon - Pat Healy
  • Lee Evans
    Lee Evans - Tucker
  • Chris Elliott
    Chris Elliott - Dom



Overall customer rating

4.5
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Other Good Ferrelly Movie

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    CowboyTsuNAMi
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    Aside from "Dumb and Dumber", TSAM is the only other good Ferrelly Brothers film. While partly slapstick comedy, its all done in line that makes sense for these characters/world. Some may argue that it hasnt aged well, and to some degree that may be true. This film was for every grown up in the 90's, but today it's targeted audience may be a bit more narrow. Perhaps the Ferrelly brothers didn't lose their touch as maybe everyone just grew up. I loved this movie in it's day. So as to not base on nostalgia, I must assert that this isn't for everyone. The story and events are very continuant. The comedy though, isn't as deep as some folks may like their content to be. If you ever heard about Cameron Diaz being a dropdead knockout, it was this film (and The Mask) that put her on the map.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the funniest movies of the 90's!

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    Rico16
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    Insanely off the wall comedy from the Farrelly Brothers that delivers from start to finish. Wonderful early sequence with Keith David as Diaz's father busting heavily braced Stiller's chops. Stiller's zipper scene goes down as one of the funniest and most painful things I have ever witnessed on film. Diaz is divine the woman of Stiller's dreams...Dillon is hired to find Diaz...He falls in love with her and gives Stiller a bum story... Lee Evans, a pizza boy, is in love with her too... then Brett Favre comes into the picture. Every scene has something memorable from Dillon's attempts at reviving a dog to Stiller's "pre date entertainment." A classic that doesn't take itself too seriously.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mary never gets old, but looks it

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    Countprice
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    It has been many years since I last watched There's Something About Mary and after viewing it again recently, Mary is as funny as ever. This is a golden comedy where everything seems to click and there really isn't anything to complain about when it comes to the movie. The video and audio quality on the other hand is a little lacking. Both to me would score a 3 out of 5 and its hard to understand why more time wasn't put into making the quality shine. Both just seem rather bland. Excellent movie, but only a small step up on the quality of the product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of the Farrelly Brothers best films

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    jrsl76
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    There's Something About Mary is one of the best films by the Farrelly Brothers, probably their last really good one. It mixes up crude humor with loads of heart in the tale of an underdog chasing the girl that got away. The Blu-ray is a mixed affair though probably the best way to view the film. It has a decent transfer and sound. The extras aren't very enlightening, but really it's all about the film which is great. Worth a look.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An all star of a movie!

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    lucky55
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    No one can go wrong with this movie it's very well done it's a laugh a minute it keeps your interest it has a good pace great wrighting great acting great cast and a ton of extras including both theatrical and extended versions of the film and it's a great blu-ray transfer! but be warned don't get this movie unless you really like to laugh until your sides hurt because they will.......

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A comedy classic

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    A11mxdup
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    The casting is superb w/the exception of the cameo by Favre, but even as dull as he was on-screen, everyone else simply made up for it. This movie cemented Cameron Diaz as a star that was more than just a pretty face. Ben Stiller shines as usual and though the humor can be crass and a bit gross, it does its job delivering laughs superbly!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Funny movie, OK Blu-ray

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    SEJ1
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    The movie still holds up well after 15 years but, unfortunately, it looks like the transfer on the Blu-ray is also about 15 years old. It looks more like a DVD transfer than what you'd expect to find on a Blu-ray. If you can find it cheap, it's probably worth getting. But if you already own the DVD, it's not much of an improvement.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly good comedy

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    NeoQuintessence
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    This is normally not my type of movie, so it is surprisingly that I liked it so much. The comedy, though crude, works well beyond the simplistic and is genuinely funny. The acting works well with all involved. I would have liked to have seen more bonus features, especially on the Blu-ray release, but it is a great product still.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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