Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Cable Guy (1996)

Director: Ben Stiller. Cast: Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Eric Roberts, Janeane Garofalo, Owen Wilson. 96 min. Rated PG-13. Comedy.

I hated this movie. The days of Jim Carrey's comedic style are long gone (and I can't imagine why I ever thought he was funny), but he really pushes it here. Imagine a comedy version of Cape Fear, where a psychopath terrorizes a family by ingeniously sadistic methods. And the filmmakers, unfortunately Ben Stiller included, expect us to laugh at the creepiness of it all, because they think it's funny. The ambivalent feeling was disgusting (at least Scorsese's psychopath was interesting), and I couldn't wait for the movie to end.

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