watch it again. highly underrated (by mr_maximus-1)
the most astonishing thing about the cable guy is that it simply wasn't liked by critics! however, this was to be expected given the way it was promoted. Not just another Jim Carrey "stupid humour" movie as it was unfortuanately promoted as, the cable guy was an entirely different genre; a comedy so dark it bordered on horror/thriller. and it is utterly brilliant.to watch this movie a second time is highly recommended, as is an open mind to the dark web that Ben Stiller weaves masterfully. The actors fill their roles extremely well; Broderick perhaps a little underwhelming, but <more>
Carrey's astonishingly dark and eerie portrayal of his character carries the film. the cameos are brilliant, and show the respect the movie received by those who read the script, with many top actors willing to appear for only short roles. in the vein of other Stiller comedies that must not be taken at face value, such as the classic Zoolander, this film genuinely needs a repeat viewing. and try to forget Carrey was ever Ace Ventura before you watch the movie. naysayers will be converted! full marks!
This movie is definitely the best movie I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot of movies. Jim Carrey brilliantly plays his performance as the enstranged cable guy. Matthew Broderick's acting leaves something to be desired, but Jim Carrey easily makes up for it. As well as the acting element, the movie has a certain darkness. In some movies, when the two main characters become mortal enemies, it is slow and seems unimportant, but the rain scene in about the middle of the movie when they become enemies is a perfect representation of how enemies are formed. The story is excellent, and is <more>
pretty much what goes on in our hearts every day. Not to mention the movie's hilarious quotes, made funny by Jim Carrey, who can easily be called the star of the movie. Jim Carrey is what makes the movie come alive. There is an amazing showdown at the very end between the two enemies. The showdown in awesome, and is the best ending for a movie I have ever seen. The This is definitely a movie to invite some friends, order some good pizza and mountain dew and watch 2 or 3 times in a row, late into the night.
completely underrated -- one of carrey's best (by mobix)
it just makes me mad when a few "intelligent" critics label a movie as crap what happens next? a flock of sheep/followers decide they too can be smart around the water-cooler by bashing a movie this is how good movies get a bad rap and end up getting a 5.6/10 scorewhy can't people see this movie for what it is -- dark humour it's supposed to be strange, and jim carrey does an amazing job he is purposely acting over the top because that's what his character is -- mentally deranged there are countless scenes in this movie that are hilarious, yet not stupid even though <more>
many people will label them as such the protagonist struggles so much against his new 'friend' but ends up only making everyone who loves him drift closer to his enemypeople are quick to overlook the little nuances of the film and call it crap as quick as possible so that they don't appear stupid in front of their peers. so next time you watch this movie, throw away any preconceptions and biases you may have about this movie and judge it for yourself and I am sure you will enjoy it far more than you would've
This movie is one of Jim Carrey most perfectly crafted. His subtle style slipped through the cracks after his horribly obnoxious endeavours in both Ace Ventura and The Mask but they were funny too . He actually addressed this phenomena in a SNL sketch, where in his opening monologue a fat guy in the front row refuses to laugh at any of the jokes except his trade-mark lines i.e. "Sssssssmokin'!", or "Alllllllrighty-then!", or "Le-hooo... -zeherr", and so on. This sort of attitude continued onto the Truman Show set, where none of the crew were allowed to <more>
comment on any other of his "meatball" sort of films. Ahhh boy.Anyway, this film is unsettling and funny. Chip Douglas is an interesting guy because he is both desperate and confident. On one hand, he can't believe someone wants to know his name, on the other, he is adept at sabotaging Stevens life, even putting him behind bars. Clever huh? It is underrated and Carrey's manner is really very good. It is jam-packed full of subtle connotations and interesting undercurrents as Chip crosses the line again and again...
Sam Sweet: Tape of his phone call to the police "Oh my God! Oh my God! My twin brother has been shot! I think it was an Asian gang or something... There was this guy, he looked Asian... and he was speaking another language, I'm pretty sure it was... Asian". This line is just funny, putting it down on paper doesn't justify how well Ben Stiller delivers this piece of comic genius. The Cable Guy is a compelling piece of viewing which i personally have experienced 20 odd times. Forget what you've heard about this movie, forget that Simpsons episode when Homer destroys the <more>
script for allegedly "ruining Jim Careys career". Just enjoy this dark comedy which on occasion borders on being extremely perverse yet at the same time remains "makes you wanna beat someone up in a toilet" funny.
Excellent...but must remember time period (by clacura)
The reason this movie did not do as well or Carrey was slammed was because he came off the very kiddie friendly Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber, Batman and The Mask. Now that will start anyone's career off to a blazing start! What was Jim's audience expecting? More silly comedy. Parents take their kids to The Cable Guy title fits a dumb silly JC comedy and wonder what is going on here! This is a movie for today's kids, not back in 96. That is why this movie holds up so well. It is an adult dark comedy.Matthew Broderick was as usual boring, but that complimented Carrey. The <more>
supporting cast was great. A lot of up and coming stars. Comedies are really a string of scenes like a SNL episode that at the end hope to make any sense. There are few really good comedy movies. The Cable Guy has all the good scenes and ties it together pretty well.Beneath the surface is a lot of depth about a very lonely guy trying to connect because he was abandoned as a kid and TV was the world he knew. This rings true for many. He felt empowered with his "special customers" and overcompensated, but deep down just wanted a buddy. I think this movie is much more honest than many would admit!
Sorely underrated, and a personal favourite. (by The-Gent)
This review is not coming from someone whose top ten films consist primarily of Farrelly Bros. films, nor do I have a particular liking for anyone involved in the film.First of all, hats off to Jim Carrey. I read under the trivia section that his role wasn't originally intended for him, but be honest; can you see anyone else playing the cable guy? He was brilliant. He takes the film from what would have been a run-of-the-mill comedy, to levels of greatness, and anyone that thinks I'm being too kind either doesn't like Carrey it was the film that made me do a complete turn around <more>
, or needs to see the film again.The overall tone of the film is a bit of a mix, it gets darker as the story goes along, but the jokes never mollify. I mean, it's a stalker story with clever film and television references... It's really hard to pin down the identity of this film.This ranks as Stiller's best directorial performance to date. Reality Bites and Zoolander are good, but not great. This film expresses a lot more of his prowess. I see him as a very capable film maker, he is just yet to make his mark with something more widely appreciated.The Cable Guy is by no means a classic film, and admittedly, you wont see it on any AFI lists anytime soon, but there is no denying the quality effort that was put into this film by all of it's contributors. And there are many of them -- check out all of those cameos! Chip Douglas' Carrey contrived relationship with his customer Steven Broderick ranks as one of the most memorable in recent history. It has set a precedent in black comedies that has scarcely been touched since.I would have seen this film at least 30 times by now and it still seems fresh, and this has lead me to believe that the film probably needs to be viewed more than once for it to completely appreciated. I only wish that there were more people out there that 'get' this gem.This concludes our broadcast day. Click.
When first released, Cable Guy was such an unusual departure for Jim Carrey and his usual slapstick, manic, goofy comedies that people just didn't understand it or like it. When word of Carrey's enormous $20 million paycheck for this film spread, hopes were high that Cable Guy would be smothered in Carrey's slice of hilarious dementia to the extreme.Carrey certainly brought an air of craziness to Chip Douglas, a lonely, TV-addicted, and creepy cable installer who befriends the unwilling Matthew Broderick here, looking just nervous and bewildered for the entire film . But <more>
something was missing from this Carrey vehicle from the others: he was not all fun and games. In fact, he was downright funny weird, not funny haha.So here lies one of the major problems people have with this film: it veers from dark comedy into darkness, period. Carrey isn't making an ass of himself in every scene. No. Instead, Carrey's Chip Douglas is an obsessive, extreme, two-faced sociopath. The result? What would be Jim Carrey's best performance to date, surpassed only by his Truman Burbank in The Truman Show.Sure, it's got a story that's been done to death: normal guy meets psycho and is stalked. But oh, what fun it is to see Jim drag Matthew Broderick into such uncomfortable situations as playing Porno Password with his parents Carrey whispering "Nipple" into Broderick's ear is absolute brilliance .Cable Guy is definitely not for fans who want to see Jim Carrey do what created his career; that is, silly, goofy, and flailing comedy. However, avid fans of black comedies will love seeing Carrey's first step in his evolution as a gifted, serious, and undeniably interesting actor. 8 out of 10.
The Cable Guy has now all but been forgotten by the movie world. It was released when Jim Carrey was on his way to being the new A list comedian, and thus, was considered only a slightly funny version of 'Ace Venture'. or The Mask' Or whatever. Personally, I don't consider The Cable Guy a comedy at all. Sure, there are some side splitting moments - Carrey is hilarious alongside Matthew Broderick's by the numbers 'average Joe', but id suggest that anyone who was not taken in by this film to look at it a little differently...This is a horror film. I swear!For me, <more>
Chip Douglas does not come across to me as a harmless lisping clingy chump - HELL NO! The guy is a maniac. An obsessive, intelligent, controlling, stalking "Fatal Attraction" styled nutter! Watch it again!For me, this is Jim Carrey's career launching performance. He has a lisp right? after a while, you don't really notice it do you? Right. This is an incredibly difficult task for an actor - maintaining a speech impediment for an entire film, keeping it level, and not exaggerating it, its really something to take a look at. Carrey's character is sick, and very very creepy. With Broderick et al giving relatively standard performances, Carrey's performance is a stand out, and Ben Stiller should be proud of this film and what it lead to in terms of Jim Carrey's career.Trust me, if you didn't like this, take another look, and prepare to be freaked out by a very not funny, very creepy Carrey performance...8/10