There’s Something About Mary (1998) (mini-review++)

(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 8

directing 9

effects 8

editing 8

writing 9


5 out of 5 🐙


My buddy used to get tickets to preview screenings of upcoming releases. So we went to There’s Something About Mary. I can’t remember if I had heard much about it but I had seen Kingpin so the Farrelly brothers had solid credit in my book. Like Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction before them, Kingpin and There’s Something about Mary was the opposite of a sophomore slump. It was a sophomore supremacy. it was the start of the Farrelly brothers’ gross out franchise. And they had many imitators but no equals in that genre.

But this is what I remember from that screening. It was packed, as free screening generally are. And the laughter was so hard so constant and so loud and so gut busting that 20% of the dialogue could not be heard because the laughing overwhelmed it. I’ve seen a lot of funny movies. I may have seen funnier movies than TSAM but, to paraphrase Johnny Cash, I don’t remember when. Maybe it was also the combination of an audience that the movie just spoke to but the box office receipts and endearing love for the movie say otherwise.

I will always remember one moment in particular. If you’ve seen the movie, you know about the “hair gel” scene. When Cameron Diaz (1) scooped some of the “hair gel” with her bare hands and (2) mixed it into her hair and (3) the camera cut to the couple having drinks at a bar and trained the camera to close up on Diaz’s face with her a large chunk of her hair standing straight up thanks to the hair gel: I don’t think I’ve ever been in a movie and a moment when everyone, and I mean everyone in the audience, was roaring. And we all roared so loud that the entire minute after the famous close up completely wiped out any ability of dialogue.

If I ever laugh that hard at a movie again in my life, I will not believe it. I’m just glad I was there it happened at least once.







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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