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The Cable Guy (1996)

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19

Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 13

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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

PG-13,

Comedy

Judd Apatow

Aug 8, 2000

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (56) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (26) | DVD (7)

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

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Aiming, perhaps, for a neat double helix of black humor and prankishness, they've ended up with a pretty ugly granny knot.

July 27, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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While some of its antic set pieces are genuinely funny, this fuzzy-focus outing is hopelessly disconnected and ultimately unsatisfying.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Stiller's film ranks as an honourable failure.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Much of it plays like a personal boob tube with Carrey trapped inside, determined to act his way out in a freak show of mugging. He's a disturbing mixture of psychopath and lonely soul. Here, as always, a little Carrey goes a long way.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Carrey runs riot, and Stiller won't stop him.

May 12, 2001
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A twisted comedy about TV addiction. Teens OK.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

One of the most underrated comedies of all time.

September 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Comments (5)
Three Movie Buffs

The writer and director can't keep pace with the dark places Carrey takes the script.

November 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Cable Guy is certainly a cautionary tale, but not about the dangers of TV.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

In all, about a third of the film (most of it contained in three extended sequences) is audaciously funny and genuinely disturbing. The rest will sorely test the devotion of Carrey's fans.

July 27, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

As a follow up to hits Ace Ventura and The Mask, this black comedy curio bewildered Carrey's fans and failed at the box office. But its nervy sheen and strung-out comedy set pieces work well.

July 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

an underrated flick

May 2, 2008

Consistently funny (in an intensely uncomfortable way).

February 3, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

A misunderstood and misdirected movie.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

The film brilliantly constructs awkward situations that neither character can find ways to get out of and deftly plays with the bizarre nature of human relationships. What makes two people click, and what happens when only one clicks?

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A hilarious black comedy that proved too dark and too smart for its star's fan base.

January 23, 2006 | Comments (9)
Fantastica Daily

The film maintains a dark edge throughout, even with its happy ending.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Plays as a '-from-hell' thriller with a few funny moments instead of a funny comedy with dark overtones.

January 8, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Sure comedy isn't pretty all the time, but in 'The Cable Guy,' comedy is actually ugly. (published 6-14-96)

January 2, 2005 Full Review
Kansas City Kansan

Not really successful, but too strange to quite dismiss.

March 29, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Twisted, but sometimes deliciously so!

July 20, 2003
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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
August 1, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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January 24, 2013
EightThirty

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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.
August 11, 2012
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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The Cable Guy is a decent comedy with lots of flaws. Though it's interesting to see Jim Carrey act in a more darker comedic role, at times the film tries far too hard at delivering something that for most of the time, is unfunny. The film has some good moments, but throughout the entire film, there's always something that lingers that makes this film awkward. The film is decent enough to watch, but is never anything memorable. Ben Stiller directs this film, and delivers a film that delivers decent enough laughs. Overall, The Cable Guy is one of the weaker films in Jim Carrey's career, but compared to recent comedies that he's made, this film isn't too bad. There's a good idea at work here, but I felt that the film could have been much better than this. I thought it was a decent time waster of a film, but it wasn't great or memorable by any means. The Cable Guy is an interesting idea that is more stale than anything. It's decent enough to watch, but you realize that there is something missing to really make it a good comedy. Jim Carrey's performance is over the top and wacky, and it's what saves this film from being a total disaster. Despite this, The Cable Guy could have used a script rewrite or two, as there's some good material here, but there are elements that simply don't fit. The Cable Guy could have been a memorable comedy, unfortunately the film doesn't stand out among Carrey's other comedic gems such as The Mask, Ace Ventura and Dumb & Dumber.
February 8, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Chip Douglas the Cable Guy: Let's see what you got white shadow!
    – Submitted by Jazen H (20 days ago)
    1. Chip Douglas the Cable Guy: When your love is truly given, it will come back to you tenfold.
    2. Steven: You're right. That's incredibly insightful.
    3. Chip Douglas the Cable Guy: I know. It was Jerry Springer's Final Thought on Friday's show.
    – Submitted by Jazen H (20 days ago)
    1. Chip Douglas the Cable Guy: You know, from this angle, you look just like Dizzy Gillespie. Salt Peanuts! Salt peanuts!
    – Submitted by Redwan A (12 months ago)
    1. Chip Douglas the Cable Guy: Right into the buckle. That's gotta hurt, Gene!
    – Submitted by russell b (17 months ago)
    1. Chip Douglas the Cable Guy: I learned the facts of life - from watching "The Facts of Life."
    – Submitted by russell b (17 months ago)
    1. Chip Douglas the Cable Guy: That's your sweet spot, right there.
    – Submitted by Ben O (22 months ago)
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