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.