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1990s, Comedy - Romantic

There’s Something About Mary (1998)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script Ed Decter, John J Strauss, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Additional Info Cameron Diaz won several awards, the film is in several “Best Comedy” lists and it made a lot of money.
Director Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Starring Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Lee Evans, Chris Elliot, Lin Shaye, Jeffrey Tambour, Markie Post, Sarah Silverman, Richard Jenkins
Elevator Pitch Ted, now in his thirties gets a sleazy private detective to locate a young woman who he fell in love with while at college. It turns out that she has had to change her name due to a stalker, and Ted gets to meet her although the detective has tried to put him off. She is helped by a disabled English architect who provides information about the various men who would like to be in her life, but is anything she is hearing true?
Content Two or three gross out scenes which the critics have struggled to describe in family newspapers, but which involved male genitalia and masturbation. Many scenes with Mary being very attractive and sunny, as a student and then as an adult in her flat in Miami, at a golf range and in restaurants. A dog features in some scenes. There is no nudity, a bit of drinking and drug smoking.
A View I saw this in the cinema back when it was on general release and was therefore able to look away during a couple of scenes, but enjoyed those involving the dog which eventually resulted in its demise. I laughed a few times but it was a slow starter and relied a lot on Cameron Diaz. If you do decide to watch it , probably hang on for the third act, when all is revealed, which is really good fun.

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