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There's Something About Mary Details

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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 in Providence and waxing nostalgic 13 years later, Ted hires Pat Healy (Matt Dillon) to locate Mary, and the creepy private investigator finds her in Miami, where she lives with her tan-shriveled roommate Magda (Lin Shaye). After Pat develops a stalker-style fixation on the lovely, unattached Mary, he lies to Ted, telling him that she's now an overweight mother confined to a wheelchair. Employing professional eavesdropping equipment, Pat gathers a dossier on Mary's life and future plans, information that forms the basis for more lies when Pat begins dating her. Sure enough, Mary falls for Pat, although her friend Tucker (Lee Evans) is very suspicious of Pat's claim to be a Harvard-educated architect. Meanwhile, Ted learns the truth but continues to encounter offbeat obstacles as he accelerates to Miami in hopes of finding happiness with his true love. Former Modern Lovers singer Jonathan Richman vocalizes a narrative ballad of onscreen commentary in the Cat Ballou (1965) tradition. Most of the cast sings and frolics to Build Me Up, Buttercup by The Foundations during the closing credits. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:July 15, 1998

Awards

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Category
Year
Status
New York Film Critics Circle Cameron Diaz Best Actress 1998 Winner

Cast

Ben Stiller
as Ted Stroehmann
Cameron Diaz
as Mary Jenson
Matt Dillon
as Pat Healy
Lee Evans
as Tucker
Chris Elliott
as Dom
Lin Shaye
as Magda
Jeffrey Tambor
as Sully
Markie Post
as Mary's Mom
Keith David
as Mary's Stepfather
W. Earl Brown
as Warren
Jonathan Richman
as Jonathan
Brett Favre
as Himself
Willie Garson
as Bob
Harland Williams
as Hitchhiker
Danny Murphy
as Boss' Brother
John-Eliot Jordan
as Buttercup Singer

Crew

Bobby Farrelly
Director
Peter Farrelly
Director
Bradley Thomas
Producer
Frank Beddor
Producer
Charles B. Wessler
Producer
Michael Steinberg
Producer
Edward Decter
Screenwriter
Edward Decter
Screen Story
Peter Farrelly
Screenwriter
John J. Strauss
Screenwriter
Bobby Farrelly
Screenwriter
John J. Strauss
Screen Story
Mark Irwin
Cinematographer
Happy Walters
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jonathan Richman
Composer (Music Score)
Christopher Greenbury
Editor
Arlan Jay Vetter
Art Director
Marc S. Fischer
Co-producer
James B. Rogers
Co-producer
Patrick Healy
Associate Producer
Mark Charpentier
Associate Producer
Peter Farrelly
Executive Producer
Bobby Farrelly
Executive Producer
Mary Zophres
Costume Designer
Jonathan "Earl" Stein
Sound/Sound Designer
James B. Rogers
First Assistant Director
Rick Montgomery
Casting
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