The Cable Guy
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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 it or not, Steven has a new best-friend in the obnoxious and clingy Chip. However, Steven soon learns… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a fairly interesting effort -- much more ambitious than most Carrey vehicles."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Stiller's film ranks as an honourable failure."
‑ , Time Out
"A twisted comedy about TV addiction. Teens OK."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"The Cable Guy is certainly a cautionary tale, but not about the dangers of TV."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"an underrated flick"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Aiming, perhaps, for a neat double helix of black humor and prankishness, they've ended up with a pretty ugly granny knot."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the most underrated comedies of all time."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"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."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Consistently funny (in an intensely uncomfortable way)."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"While some of its antic set pieces are genuinely funny, this fuzzy-focus outing is hopelessly disconnected and ultimately unsatisfying."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"Carrey runs riot, and Stiller won't stop him."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The writer and director can't keep pace with the dark places Carrey takes the script."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ , Film4
"A misunderstood and misdirected movie."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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