|THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (1998)|
W. Earl Brown
The Farrelly Bros.
|"I couldn't believe that she knew my name. Some of my best friends didn't know my name."|
|Time: 119 mins.|
I didn't see this film in the theater because I'm not a big fan of the Farrelly's gross-out sense of humor. People farting, burping, vomiting or doing anything else that involves bodily fluids is not high humor to me. However, I again thought that millions of people couldn't be wrong. Everyone I knew told me to see this movie. I'm glad I resisted and was able to watch this film for free because I would have been pissed if I had to pay for it. Cameron Diaz was great, but besides being really pretty, I never did figure out what was so darn irresistible about Mary. All Diaz does is be friendly and talk about sports, which apparently is more of a turn on to men than I thought. This is all the character info we're given. That and some shots of her tossing her hair in slow motion. Wow, now I understand why all these men are after her. Not.
I know this is a comedy and I'm nitpicking, but how about having a plot? A little character development? Maybe if they had concentrated on this aspect of the film instead of trying to come up with new and interesting ways to maim their leading man, I would have enjoyed it more. Crazy me I tend to like my movies to have a story. I'm so old-fashioned. Instead, what we get is a variety of very talented men making asses of themselves trying to win the affection of a winsome and kind-hearted young woman. Stiller is wonderfully funny as Ted, but all he's given to do is wince in pain and look pathetic. A huge waste of his comic talent. Yes, the scene where he catches his genitals in his zipper is funny, but that's mainly because of the reaction of everyone else brought in to view his pain. If you want to see a romantic comedy where he's used to best advantage, rent FLIRTING WITH DISASTER.
I found Matt Dillon and Chris Elliot to be more annoying than funny. They try to imply that Mary is a smart person she's a physical therapist with her own practice but that's hard to believe when you see her making such poor dating choices. Dillon's character has loser written all over him. No smart woman in her right mind would give him the time of day, nevermind believe the crock of bull he's trying to sell. How anybody could get through medical school and still be that naive is beyond me. Though he does have some great moments in the film, mainly with the neighbor's dog, that are too funny for words. Eventually we learn that not only has Ted been pining away for Mary most of his life, but that she has quite a fan club of men who will do anything to be near her. In the end, she falls for the man who truly loves her. Two guesses who that is.
I'm not saying that THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY is a complete waste of time. It's worth seeing once, I suppose. I just expected something more. A story worth the caliber of the cast. More laughs than what was in the trailer. I guess I'll have to wait a few years for the Farrelly's to grow up a bit and make a real, full-bodied movie instead of a half-baked one.