The Cable Guy: A Review

TheCableGuyDirected By: Ben Stiller
Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick
Status: Released

Comic superstar Jim Carrey (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) unleashes his dark side in this side splitting black comedy directed by Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder, Zoolander)

When newly single Steven Kovacs (Matthew Broderick) moves into his new apartment, Cable Guy Chip (Jim Carrey) comes to hook him up, and he doesn’t let go. Chip is relentless in his desire to be Steven’s pal but when Steven tries to end the friendship, Chip goes ballistic stalking him to no end and poor Steve is left to fend for himself because nobody believes Chip is capable of such a thing.

Clip: “Cable Install Time” Courtesy: MovieClips

There are some truly crazy (some downright bizarre) scenes here. The battle between Steven and Chip at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is hilarious, as is the karaoke scene. This is vintage Carrey, before he took himself seriously as an actor. He’s all funny faces, slapstick humour  and off-the-wall voices.

This is also a film by Ben Stiller, who has a cameo as Sam Sweet, the former child star accused of killing his twin. Stiller is obsessed with pop culture references, and there are a lot in the film. But remember: this is a tongue-in-cheek take of what happens when parents leave their children to be raised by TV. At one point, Chip laments, “I am the bastard son of Claire Huxtable. I am the lost Cunningham. I learned the facts of life from watching The Facts of Life.” There’s nothing subtle here. If you agree with the message, you’ll enjoy the movie. If not, it may be too degrading for some people’s tastes.


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