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There's Something About Mary (1998)

A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster.

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Ed Decter (story), John J. Strauss (story) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 17 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Diaz ... Mary
Matt Dillon ... Healy
Ben Stiller ... Ted
Lee Evans ... Tucker
Chris Elliott ... Dom
Lin Shaye ... Magda
Jeffrey Tambor ... Sully
Markie Post ... Mary's Mom
Keith David ... Mary's Dad
W. Earl Brown ... Warren
Sarah Silverman ... Brenda
Khandi Alexander ... Joanie
Marnie Alexenburg ... Lisa
Danny Murphy ... Boss' Brother (as Dan Murphy)
Richard Tyson ... Detective Krevoy (as Richard M. Tyson)
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Storyline

Ted was a geek in high school, who was going to go to the prom with one of the most popular girls in school, Mary. The prom date never happened, because Ted had a very unusual accident. Thirteen years later he realizes he is still in love with Mary, so he hires a private investigator to track her down. That investigator discovers he too may be in love with Mary, so he gives Ted some false information to keep him away from her. But soon Ted finds himself back into Mary's life, as we watch one funny scene after another. Written by Justin Sharp <rainman88@earthlink.net>

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No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. Everybody else was on their own. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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AL | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1998 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Loco por Mary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,740,644, 19 July 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$176,484,651

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$369,884,651
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended cut) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The idea for the movie came from the writers seeing an aerobics instructor changing in her window. They wondered what would happen if someone sent a private eye to look for her. See more »

Goofs

When Norm and Healy are talking at the bar in the strip club you see a stripper place an ashtray between Norm and Healy. The camera turns toward the bartender than when the camera is back on Norm and Healy now a Tabasco sauce bottle in right in front of the ashtray (previously not there). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ted: [voice over] When I was 16 years old, I fell in love.
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Crazy Credits

Closing dedication: This movie is dedicated to the memory of Ryan Mone, West Tisbury, Massachusetts See more »

Alternate Versions

An extended version which runs 10 minutes longer was released on DVD:
  • The credits start as clay animations which then blend into real people.
  • Ted talks with Woogie about his session with the psychiatrist. Ted thinks he is a loser. Woogie tries to lift Ted's spirits by telling him how lucky he was, when his brother got killed in an explosion so that his kidneys could save Ted's life.
  • Healy and his buddy Sully visit his apartment. When parking the car, the guy brags how easily it is to pick up women in Miami.
  • Healy admires Sully's apartment and gets to know Bill, the python.
  • Mary tells Magda she shouldn't drink alcohol that early in the morning cause she stinks like a distillery.
  • Sully who gets a phone call from Healy because of the borrowed car. Healy made Sully sniff cocaine.
  • Whilst helping a disabled man move, a reporter meets him halfway up the steps to tell him that he parked his car in the handicapped area.
  • At the architecture exhibition Tucker asks Healey for his business card.
  • In front of Marys house, Healy asks if he may touch her breasts.
  • Sully is shown sniffing coke.
  • Sully is shown lying on a couch. There are some shots of his dog and Bill, the python, which he hasn't fed in ages.
  • Mary admits to Magda that when it came to Healey, she had trusted her head and not her instincts.
  • After Healy exposes Tucker, the orderer of the pizza appears. Tucker throws the pizza after him.
  • The barkeeper in the strip-club knows Tucker has no money and threatens to throw him out.
  • The fight Puffy vs. Ted is longer.
  • At Sully's apartment Ted and Healy see Bill, the python. Healy assumes that Bill ate the dog. We learn that neither Healy nor Tucker sent the letter to Mary. Then suddenly Sully's dog comes and Healy realizes that Sully was eaten by Bill.
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Referenced in Torchwood Declassified: There's Something About Mary (2006) See more »

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Everything Shines
Written by Chris Trapper
Performed by The Push Stars
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets
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User Reviews

 
There's something about Mary, and I agree.
11 August 1999 | by Number8See all my reviews

The plot is nothing new: A guy trying to get the love of the one he admired. We all have seen something like this in the past, and we will see something like this in the future. But in this movie the plot isn't important.

When you watch it you just know how it's gonna end, and so the focus is not on the plot but the actual happenings in the movie, and there's a lot. First, the movie is funny, with its many gags that just keeps on coming (a Farrelly Bros. tradition). They might not be in everyone's taste, but at least they aren't forced or out of place. Second, the people seem real enough to be in the situations they brought themselves into (kudos for the great acting, though it could be better). Third, Cameron Diaz is adorable, beautiful, and a marvel to look at. Plus, she got the job carrying the whole movie and she accomplished that ever so gracefully. You just can't help but fall in love with her too, along with every guy in the film.

This is a very good romantic comedy by the Farrelly Bros.. Just like in "Dumb and Dumber" or "King Pin", the brothers have made a comedy that has just the right amount of everything. Excellent job!!


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