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Sad commentary on the state of America, and that was almost 25 years ago. The movie is more disturbing then funny, but I guess it’s an informative tool that can teach those who’ve had a relatively normal life that you should be careful who you open your door to. It’s also a commentary on sticking to your morals no matter how friendly someone appears to be. They can surely turn on you when you least expect it! As someone who’s had a long career in the mental health field, I can sadly say that my exposure to people like this has burned me out. A piece of advice to cure most mental problems...pick up your Bible and apply it to your own life. Don’t stray from God or His love, and you’ll find yourself doing just fine. :)
Outstanding film. Always was and still holds up as a comic psychological thriller. I think some people get confused by the many moods of the film and the obsession of a male character to another male character. I always liked that in the end the premise is simple: Be a good mother because if you don't and your child feels abandoned by you because they are left alone to hurt and then receive stimuli of violence and obsession, you will have trouble! Just kidding, that is a bit simplistic, but I always thought it was clever that the child (Carey) is left alone at night by a partying mother. Television is his only friend, so while he is in emotional agony he is switching back & forth between violence and a stalker film (Play Misty for me -A truly great movie) and voila! he ends up being a lonely obsessive stalker! So many funny things in this, especially Broderick's straight man routine which he has always been the best at (much like his unassuming character in Election, which would be a great double feature with Cable Guy btw!) Great soundtrack as well. You can palpably feel Carey's mania & ferocity while watching, it's fantastic.
They finally released a newer version on bluray so we don't have to pay a crazy amount of money for the 15th anniversary 2011 bluray. I'm pretty sure the special features are the same on both too. Hilarious commentary until the final seconds of the movie. Cut scenes and blooper reel. Behind the scenes feature. The picture and sound are much better then the dvd, which by the way had no special features at all. Shame! Shame! If you have never seen this, it seems from my experience, that you will either hate it or love it. There doesn't seem to be an inbetween. Pick up the 2019 bluray now for about $20, and don't spend $50 on the 2011 bluray. They are the same. Just a different cover. A worthy release for this underrated gem.
I have watched this three times now over the years thinking that I must be missing something and hoping to discover the secret to make this movie funny. I can say there is no secret, it is just a bad movie. I love both main characters and their films like Truman Show, Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off are all on my top 10 greatest comedies of all time. This was just a dud. Broderick's character is so boring it is painful and the entire story could have been boiled down to a 10 minute short. It was nothing but fluff of progressively doing the same thing only worse for an hour. Sadly, the only part of the story that caught my attention was the sub plot of Ben Stiller's character's trial which unfortunately you never learn the fate of. Sad when a total of 3 minutes of sub plot are more interesting and funny than the other 90 minutes. Save your time and God forbid, do not buy this movie.
I like this film..it makes me laugh. To think back to the time period this was made, the internet has made some leaps since then. We can actually play Mortal Kombat with a friend in Vietnam. The thing is ..we all probably know some one like "Chip" ..clingy, wants people to like them...but also manages to mess things up. Many people fell out with Jim Carrey due to his political stance but the guy is still funny in movies. I just wish the world would go back to being normal and more light hearted. PEACE
Too dark for most people, but in the sweet-spot for me. This Ben Stiller film has one of the best endings in a comedy that I can think of (Zoolander and Tropic Thunder also boast pretty great endings). I am not much of a Jim Carrey guy (I do love Eternal Sunshine), but this is a rare film where his energy is actually given purpose with a character. The Jim Carrey business actually fits into this film and enhances its darkness in ways none of his other films even dare attempt. The Cable Guy is way over the top, and yet he is so human. This film is best thought of as an absurd tragicomedy. I think it was probably a victim of Jim Carrey's earlier, broader work, and was perhaps unwelcome in the context of his career. This film is horribly underrated, so see it, and decide for yourself. Just make sure you do see it.
I thought the movie was good, but it was not what I expected. I thought I was going to see a funny, whacky film because Jim Carrey was in it with Ben Stiller directing. It was very funny in the beginning, but then turned really dark. However, I did find it entertaining with lots of cameos from several famous comedic actors. It's worth watching but be prepared for a very dark comedy.
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat film, but there are greater.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 21, 2015
Spoiler alert scale: 6/10 (Key info and then some)
Steven Kovak (Matthew Broderick, well known for Ferris Bueller's Day Off), the main character of the film, has "moved away for a while" (AKA broke up) from his girlfriend and buys a new house and decides to book a cable installation. A work-friend recommends to "slip in an extra $50 and he'll give you all of the movie channels for free", so upon the installation, Steven decides to *nervously* ask the slightly mad cable guy known as 'Chip' (Jim Carrey, well known for Dumb and Dumber) to do so, which he accepts and then befriends. Steven soon realises that Chip is a very unstable guy, being brought up as a only-child by a single mother who was out almost every day and loved watching TV (close to addicted). As he starts to enter his social and family life, something bad happens to Steven. Really bad.
There are some HUGE names in this film, including Ben Stiller (well known for Zoolander) who directed this movie and also played a small part within the movie, I mean REALLY small - I wished he acted more in this movie.
Average DVD box, nothing special (sorry collectors).
So, what do I give this film altogether? 7/10. Here's why:
Pros: -Massive names -Great acting and storyline -A dark comedy that will make you laugh
Cons: -All of the main characters have been in better, more funny films. This is not the start into the world of comedy films (I would recommend Zoolander).
5.0 out of 5 starsthis is a dark tale up there with more serious offerings like Man on the Moon and the Truman show
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 19, 2017
Undeservedly mixed reviews at the time. Critics weren't ready to see Jim Carey cast against type as a less likeable, sometimes VERY sinister character. Instead of celebrating the Machiavellian villainy of Larry the Cable Guy, they saw it as a goof-ball comedy that didn't hit the mark. Really, this is a dark tale up there with more serious offerings like Man on the Moon and the Truman show.If you like laughing at Mathew Broderick going through hell, then this is a very enjoyable ride. Prophetic and satirical, the blurb on the back does not do this film justice. It is not 'Jim Carey up to his usual rubber faced antics' but a glimpse into someone's tortured psyche. And about the best example of 'stranger danger' you can find.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 15, 2012
Matthew Broderick's everyman wishes for some company after separating from his girlfriend, however he gets more than he bargains for when he befriends unhinged cable TV installer 'Larry'. Jim Carrey is as rubber-faced and clownish as ever, however his acting shows more craft and he imbues Larry with a more sophisticated creepy manic energy than any of his previous characters. Along with the outstanding Truman Show, I rate this movie as Carrey's best, and the scene where he and Broderick attend a dinner party at the ex's parents' house is priceless. This has Ben Stiller's prints all over it, and shows that he's more than just a goonish actor; his direction fits the story perfectly.
5.0 out of 5 starsThink your life is sad and you lack friends
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 25, 2017
One of the funniest films you will ever watch. Think your life is sad and you lack friends ? This sorry tale of comedy mayhem will make you feel a whole lot better with no hangover or crazy spending spree.
I have not been a fan of Jim Carrey in films like Bruce Almighty or Liar Liar. However, I found him hilarious in this film. He was perfect for the role, and played it very well. It's definitely his best performance in a comedy, and possibly his best performance ever, probably second only to The Truman Show. Highly recommended for comedy fans, whether you normally like Carrey or not.
Though I've heard the mix reactions for this film, though for me I loved this film from start to finish and there is not one bad or boring scene in this movie with two great actors who performed really well to make this movie enjoyable e.g. Jim Carrey as the Cable Guy and Matthew Broderick as Steven.
The Cable Guy is a great film and I can watch it everyday and never get tired of seeing it, I recommend it to all Jim Carrey fans
I've loved Jim since i was a young wee lad. Now i still love JimJom CarreyCurry and i am on an adventure of collecting all of the movies he stars in. You can't really go wrong if you buy a movie starring this absolute LEGEND.