There's Something About Mary

There's Something About Mary

Infobox Film
name= There's Something About Mary

caption = Theatrical release poster
director = Farrelly Brothers
producer = Farrelly Brothers
writer = Farrelly Brothers
Ed Decter
starring = Ben Stiller
Cameron Diaz
Matt Dillon
Chris Elliott
cinematography = Mark Irwin
editing = Christopher Greenbury
distributor = 20th Century Fox
released = July 15, 1998
runtime = Theatrical cut
119 min.
Extended cut
134 min.
country = USA
language = English
budget = $23,000,000
gross = $369,884,651
website =
amg_id = 1:163034
imdb_id = 0129387

"There's Something About Mary" is a 1998 romantic comedy film, directed by the Farrelly Brothers Bobby and Peter. Starring Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz and Matt Dillon, it is a combination of romantic comedy and gross-out film.

This sleeper hit was the third-highest-grossing movie of 1998 in North America - the highest-grossing comedy - and it catapulted Stiller into the . Until "Wedding Crashers" was released in 2005, "There's Something About Mary" was the most successful youth-aimed R-rated comedy film at the box office. The movie has made $176 million in the U.S. alone and $369 million worldwide. [ [ There's Something About Mary (1998) ] ]

The film was placed 27th in the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies" (see the 100 Years Series), a list of the 100 funniest movies of the 20th century. In 2000, readers of "Total Film" magazine voted it the 4th greatest comedy film of all time.


Awkward and shy high-schooler Ted (Ben Stiller) lands a prom date with his dream girl Mary (Cameron Diaz), just to have it cut short by a painfully humiliating zipper accident. Thirteen years later he's still in love - maybe even obsessed - with her. On the advice of his best friend Dom (Chris Elliott), he hires sleazy private detective Pat Healy (Matt Dillon) to track her down. Healy finds that she is an orthopedic surgeon living in Miami but falls in love with the irresistible Mary as well. Healy resorts to lying, cheating, stalking and drugging the dog to win Mary but is exposed by Mary's architect friend Tucker. Tucker, however, turns out to be a fraud himself, who is also in love with Mary and drives potential rivals — including a man named Brett who she almost married — away by slander.

Ted (aided by Dom) drives down to Florida and seems to have won Mary's love when an anonymous letter exposes his being less than honest about his link to Healy. While Ted confronts Healy and Tucker, Mary is confronted by Dom, who turns out to be her former boyfriend Woogie, who "got weird on her" in college. Having found out that Tucker also lied about Mary's former love interest, football player Brett Favre, Ted decides that Mary should be with Brett, as Brett was the only one who did not resort to deceit to win Mary. After reuniting Brett and Mary, Ted leaves tearfully but Mary however chases after him, preferring him to Brett. The film concludes with the two engaging in a kiss.


* Cameron Diaz as Mary Jensen/Matthews, an orthopedic surgeon whom Ted has been in love with since high school.
* Ben Stiller as Ted Stroehmann, an awkward and shy young man who loves - and possibly is obsessed with - Mary.
* Matt Dillon as Pat Healy, a sleazy private detective whom Ted hires to track Mary down, only to fall in love with her himself.
* Chris Elliott as Dom "Woogie" Woganowski, Ted's best friend and has a fetish for Mary's shoes.
* Lee Evans as Tucker / Norman Phipps, a Pompano teen who falls in love with Mary after delivering a pizza.
* Lin Shaye as Magda
* Jeffrey Tambor as Sully
* Markie Post as Sheila Jensen, Mary's mother.
* Keith David as Charlie Jensen, Mary's step-father.
* W. Earl Brown as Warren Jensen, Mary's mentally disabled brother.
* Sarah Silverman as Brenda, Mary's crude best friend.
* Khandi Alexander as Joanie
* Willie Garson as Dr. Zit Face / High School Pal Bob
* Harland Williams (uncredited) as Hitchhiker
* Brett Favre as Himself, Mary's former love interest.


External links

* [ Official site]

Box Office Leaders USA
before = Blade
date = September 6
year = 1998
after = Rounders

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