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The Cable Guy by Thomas
August 9, 2014, 5:34 pm
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Matthew Broderick is a newly single but otherwise normal dude.  Then he encounters a kind of social demon or bogeyman – a twisted, single-parent child of the TV generation (Jim Carrey) — and his life unravels.  Ben Stiller directed, Judd Appatow (co)produced, Leslie Mann (co)starred, and many edgy comedians appeared in this satire, a sort of Kafka story about mass media.

This movie is farcical, self-aware, bizarre and uncomfortable, bending genres from comedy to suspense to horror  (which is not marketing friendly) and here’s a key point: it’s a Hollywood-scale production that’s aimed at adults.  Hence, it was a flop.  I just love the fact that the studios must have thought they could green light *any* project involving Jim Carrey and make money.  Ha! I’m gonna go for Required Viewing.


The Cable Guy

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I JUST watched this movie and was JUST about to write a review. Crazy…anyway, I agree with everything you said but I’m not sure I’d say it’s required viewing. I’m always impressed with how technically inventive and competent a director Ben Stiller is.

Comment by tincolor

Ha! Yeah I may have gotten a bit carried away with the rating…but I wanted to “require” people to watch this movie. It’s just such a strange dark fantasy/satire that it’s hard to believe it got made in the first place. (plus it’s amusing to see Jack Black, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo et al.)

Comment by Thomas

I also rated this movie somewhat below Required Viewing.

Comment by William

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