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There's Something About Mary (1998)

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83

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 83
Fresh: 69 | Rotten: 14

There's Something About Mary proves that unrelentingly, unabashedly peurile humor doesn't necessarily come at the expense of a film's heart.

79

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 5

There's Something About Mary proves that unrelentingly, unabashedly peurile humor doesn't necessarily come at the expense of a film's heart.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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The Farrelly Brothers set this romantic comedy in their home state of Rhode Island. In 1985, when teen-nerd Ted Stroehmann (Ben Stiller) challenges a high-schooler who's bullying retarded Warren Jenson (W. Earl Brown), his concern prompts Warren's sister, the dazzling and desirable Mary Jenson (Cameron Diaz) to choose Ted as her senior prom date, a fact Ted's pals find hard to believe. However, on prom night, Ted gets his penis caught in his zipper, so the much-desired date never happens. Living

Aug 3, 1999

20th Century Fox

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All Critics (84) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (69) | Rotten (14) | DVD (39)

If the sight of a large chunk of a man's private parts caught in the teeth of a zipper is funny -- and I'm not saying it isn't -- then have I got a movie for you.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This one is dumbest. And funniest, as if that matters even a little bit!

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Wrackingly funny.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Slate
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Crudely made, somewhat overlong and larded with plenty of things that don't work, pic stands as proof positive that a comedy can be far from perfect and still hit the bull's-eye if it delivers when it counts in its big scenes.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Despite my earlier reservations about Bobby and Peter Farrelly, they're progressively winning me over, partly because they keep getting better.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Remarkable for all the sick and politically incorrect sight gags it gets away with in its rule-breaking romp through the supposedly sacred laws of what makes people laugh, and what doesn't.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Farrelly bros' classic is full of gross-out laughs.

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

The movie managed to walk a line between raunchy, gross-out comedy and a romantic comedy.

January 10, 2010 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Gauche, garish, and gross, a prime example of the coarsening of our culture and of the art of comedy in film. It's also pretty darn funny. [Blu-ray]

May 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

A romantic gross-out comedy: What a concept!

August 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Puerile, politically incorrect, rib-achingly funny and strangely insightful.

August 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

...Dillon's Pat, in an effort to win Mary's affections, poorly attempts to ape her compassion for the handicapped by referring to them as "retards" and "goofy bastards...

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

It was the raunchy comedy that raked in the headlines and had audiences shaking their heads in offended laughter, then coming back the weekend after, dragging in friends by their arms.

February 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Everyone falls for Mary -- why wouldn't they? -- and no one is spared from the Farrellys' razor sharp raunch.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

One of the weirdest romantic comedies around, combining scatalogical and no-taste humor with naivete and sweetness.

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

...there were also moments when I was actually bored.

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comments (3)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Two very entertaining hours -- something that Hollywood comedies these days fail to deliver to the audience, with or without references to certain bodily fluids.

April 26, 2004 Full Review
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Gross-out laughs with heart.

July 16, 2003 Full Review

When it's not mean spirited, tastelessness can be riotously funny. And this is a gag-a-thon of hugely funny proportions.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

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The best movie by the Farrelly Brothers.
December 5, 2012
Lucas Martins

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The Farrelly Bros. make a fun comedy-filled flick that presents the best in both Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz. Though it suffers minor bumps it is still filled with laughter and jokes. 4/5
August 6, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

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Funny
March 19, 2012
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    1. Pat Healy: [to Tucker] We agreed I wouldn't fuck you, and you wouldn't fuck me until we got this fuck. [Ted]
    – Submitted by James B (21 months ago)
    1. Pat Healy: We got this one kid, Mongo... He's got a forehead like a drive-in movie theatre, but he's a good ship. So we don't bust his chops too much.
    – Submitted by James B (21 months ago)
    1. Pat Healy: My real passion is my hobby.
    2. Mary Jenson: Really what's that?
    3. Pat Healy: I work with retards.
    4. Mary Jenson: Isn't that a little uhm, politically incorrect?
    5. Pat Healy: Well to hell with that, no one's gonna tell me who I can and cant work with right?
    – Submitted by James B (21 months ago)
    1. Hitchhiker: Seven's the key number hear think about it, seven eleven seven dwarfes, seven man thats the number, seven chipmonks twirling on a branch eating lots of sun flowers on my uncles ranch, you know that old childrens tale from the sea its like dreaming about gorgonzola cheese when it's clearly brie time baby, step into my office?
    2. Ted Stroehmann: Why?
    3. Hitchhiker: Cause your fucking fired.
    4. Ted Stroehmann: Yeah you know what I gotta pee, I'm just gonna pull over.
    5. Hitchhiker: I'm only waiting seven minutes total.
    – Submitted by James B (21 months ago)
    1. Mary Jenson: It that... is that hair gel?
    – Submitted by Timmy C (3 years ago)
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