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The Cable Guy (1996)



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Originally planned as a silly vehicle for Chris Farley, in the hands of director Ben Stiller and star Jim Carrey, The Cable Guy became an opportunity for Carrey to flex some of his darker comedic muscles as stalker Chip Douglas. Matthew Broderick plays Steven, an average Joe who is forlorn over his recent breakup with girlfriend Robin (Leslie Mann). When he moves into a new apartment, Steven comes in contact with Chip, who shows up to hook up the cable. Before he knows it, and whether he likes it or not, Steven has a new best-friend in the obnoxious and clingy Chip. However, Steven soon learns that obnoxious is a walk in the park compared to Chip's behavior when Steven tells him he doesn't want to be his pal anymore. What's worse, no one -- including Robin or his family -- believes Steven when he accuses the seemingly harmless Chip of being a malevolent menace. George Segal and Jack Black also star along with Stiller, who plays twins loosely-based on the Menendez brothers. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lou Holtz Jr., Judd Apatow, Lou Holtz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 8, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Jim Carrey
as Chip Douglas
Matthew Broderick
as Steven Kovacs
Leslie Mann
as Robin Harris
George Segal
as Earl Kovacs
Diane Baker
as Mrs. Kovacs
Ben Stiller
as Sam Sweet
Janeane Garofalo
as Medieval Waitress
Andy Dick
as Medieval Host
David Cross
as Sales Manager
Owen Wilson
as Robin's Date
Eric Roberts
as Himself
Misa Koprova
as Heather
Amy Stiller
as Steven's Secretary
Keith Gibbs
as Basketball Player
Tommy Hinkley
as Basketball Player
Shawn Michael Howard
as Basketball Player
Jeff Kahn
as Basketball Player
Suli McCullough
as Basketball Player
Jeff Michalski
as Basketball Player
Joel Murray
as Basketball Player
Andrew Shaifer
as Basketball Player
Donna Hardy
as Karaoke Party Guest
Cameron Starman
as Cable Boy
Kathy Griffin
as Cable Boy's Mother
Jeremy Applegate
as Medieval Times Serf
Adam Consolo
as Medieval Times Serf
Michael Fossat
as Medieval Times Serf
Kennedy Kabasares
as Medieval Times Serf
Robert L. Rasner
as Medieval Times Serf
Aki Aleong
as Karaoke Party Guest
Dona Hardy
as Karaoke Party Guest
Lloyd Kino
as Karaoke Party Guest
Sara Lowell
as Karaoke Party Guest
Cynthia Mason
as Karaoke Party Guest
Liza D'Agostino
as Newsroom Researcher
Michael Rivkin
as Karaoke Party Guest
Harper Roisman
as Karaoke Party Guest
Sandra Thigpen
as Karaoke Party Guest
Sean Whalen
as Karaoke Party Guest
Marty Zagon
as Karaoke Party Guest
Staci Flood
as Karaoke Video Dancer
Mary Lee
as Karaoke Video Dancer
Raydeen Revilla
as Karaoke Video Dancer
Darlene Worley
as Karaoke Video Dancer
Cynthia Lamontagne
as Restaurant Hostess
James O'Connell
as Bathroom Attendant
Douglas Robert Jacks...
as Bathroom Patron
Charles Napier
as Arresting Officer
Christopher Michael
as Arresting Officer
Charles Robinson
as Steven's Lawyer
John O'Donohue
as Prison Guard
Lydell M. Cheshier
as Jail Inmate
Jason Larimore
as Jail Inmate
Ahmad Reese
as Jail Inmate
Emilio Rivera
as Jail Inmate
Bob Odenkirk
as Steven's Brother
Julie Hayden
as Steven's Sister
Annabelle Gurwitch
as Steven's Sister-in-L...
Blake Boyd
as Steven's Brother-in-...
Lisa D'Agostino
as Newsroom Researcher
Leonard O. Turner
as Sam Sweet Judge
Carlo Allen
as Sam Sweet Court Judg...
Conrad Janis
as Father `Double Troub...
Thomas Scott
as Sam at 8 years
Steven Scott
as Stan at 8 years
Christine Devine
as Anchor Woman
Mark Thompson
as Newsroom Reporter
Wendy Walsh
as Reporter Outside Cou...
Marion Dugan
as Robin's Neighbor
Bill Beasley
as Nuclear Dad
Christine Beasley
as Nuclear Mom
Adam Beasley
as Nuclear Kid
Devon Beasley
as Nuclear Kid
Barbara Babbin
as Bar Patron
Frank Davis
as Bar Patron
Julian Reyes
as Bar Patron
Kyle Gass
as Couch Potato
David Bowe
as Helicopter Paramedic
Charles Knox Robinso...
as Steven's Lawyer
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Critic Reviews for The Cable Guy

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (16)

It's a fairly interesting effort -- much more ambitious than most Carrey vehicles.

Full Review… | July 28, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Aiming, perhaps, for a neat double helix of black humor and prankishness, they've ended up with a pretty ugly granny knot.

Full Review… | July 27, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

While some of its antic set pieces are genuinely funny, this fuzzy-focus outing is hopelessly disconnected and ultimately unsatisfying.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Stiller's film ranks as an honourable failure.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

...a sporadically engaging yet often misguided thriller that passes the time well enough, admittedly, but accomplishes little else.

Full Review… | February 26, 2016
Reel Film Reviews

A twisted comedy about TV addiction. Teens OK.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for The Cable Guy


Jim Carrey shines as usual, but the film can be easily forgettable with the amount of simplistic humor and tone. The Cable Guy has its moments but is easily brought down from its bland comedy and sometimes creepy undertone. 2.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


24/01/2013 (Quickflix, PS3)

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

A big hit and miss, yet it's a pretty good cult film. Confusing and not amazing during the first watch. However the second time, it was funnier and certain lines became more recognised. Lets face it, this is for Jim Carrey fans. 'The Cable Guy' is not as iconic as 'Ace Ventura'. It isn't as touching as 'The Truman Show', but you either watch it or you don't, you love it or hate it.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

The Cable Guy Quotes

Chip Douglas the Cable Guy: Let's see what you got white shadow!
– Submitted by Jazen H (21 months ago)
Chip Douglas the Cable Guy: When your love is truly given, it will come back to you tenfold.
Steven: You're right. That's incredibly insightful.
Chip Douglas the Cable Guy: I know. It was Jerry Springer's Final Thought on Friday's show.
– Submitted by Jazen H (21 months ago)
Chip Douglas the Cable Guy: You know, from this angle, you look just like Dizzy Gillespie. Salt Peanuts! Salt peanuts!
– Submitted by Redwan A (2 years ago)
Chip Douglas the Cable Guy: Right into the buckle. That's gotta hurt, Gene!
– Submitted by russell b (3 years ago)

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