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  • 15
  • Comedy, Romance
  • 1998
  • 119 mins

There's Something About Mary

Film4 There's Something About Mary


Men having trouble with their zips, unusual hair gel - the Farrelly Brothers are at it again in this anarchic, bad-taste comedy


Many, many years ago, Ned Beatty's career was almost crippled by his willingness to "squeal like a pig" in John Boorman's Deliverance. In 1998, Cameron Diaz rubbed semen into her scalp and became a star. Go, as they used to say, figure.

As a teenager, Ted (Ben Stiller) snagged his manhood in a zip while wooing the super-popular and lovely Mary (Diaz, at the top of her game). Thirteen years later, he can't get her out of his mind. So he hires sleazy private detective Healy (Matt Dillon) to track her down. Healy ends up falling for Mary himself and so tries to put Ted off.

Gross-out shenanigans ensue, most notoriously in a scene where Mary mistakes semen for hair gel. Like the rest of the film, the scene is puerile, politically incorrect, rib-achingly funny and strangely insightful.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Chris Elliott, Lin Shaye, Keith David, Lee Evans, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon, Jeffrey Tambor, Cameron Diaz
  • Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
  • Screen Writer: John J Strauss, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Ed Decter
  • Writer (Story): Ed Decter, John J Strauss
  • Producer: Michael Steinberg, Bradley Thomas, Charles B Wessler, Frank Beddor
  • Photographer: Mark Irwin
  • Composer: Jonathan Richman

In a nutshell

Both funnier - and far sweeter - than you might remember.

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