There’s Something About Mary (1998)
(R) 119 mins

Where do you begin when you a review such a film? There are so many unforgettable scenes that it’s hard to put one above another. The one that most people remember is the scene with Mary’s hair, which typifies the Farrelly Brothers’ gross-out style. But there’s so much more to the film than just that. There’s obviously the scene in Mary’s bathroom (“We got a bleeder!”). Or the scene in the jailhouse (“Hitchhikers? I dunno…25, 50?”). Or the scene when Stiller is driving down to Miami (“Seven Minute Abs.”).

I think what the film does best is casting. Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz exude somewhat of an innocent aura which keeps them somewhat above the rest of the zany cast. More importantly, they have charm in spades, and they make you feel like they belong together. The supporting cast is largely the show though. Lee Evans (Tucker) gives perhaps the greatest twist of the film. Chris Elliott (Dom) not only has a few good one-liners (“Every day is better than the next!”) but is probably the creepiest of them all. My personal favorite though has to be Matt Dillon. Not only is he funny when you just look at him, he has the funniest dialogue of any character in any recent film. “I accepted a job offer.” “With who?” “With, uh, Rice-a-Roni.” “Aren’t they the San Francisco treat?” “It was. They’re going for a new image.” In pretty much every scene, he’s making up some ridiculous lie to improve his position. If he isn’t pretending to be an architect from Nepal, he’s getting his teeth capped after hearing that she likes “a big set of pearly whites.” ‘There’s Something About Mary’ is probably the funniest film to come out in a long time.

On a side note, Brett Favre has the most unintentionally funny moment in the film, as he’s one of the worst actors I’ve ever seen. He’s lucky he’s good at football. Oh and Cameron Diaz looks amazing. Aweeuw.

+4