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Cable Guy [VHS] (1996)

Jim Carrey , Matthew Broderick , Ben Stiller  |  PG-13 |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Jack Black, George Segal
  • Directors: Ben Stiller
  • Writers: Lou Holtz Jr.
  • Producers: Andrew Licht, Bernie Brillstein, Brad Grey, Jeffrey A. Mueller, Judd Apatow
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: May 13, 1997
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0800187784
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,884 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If you think Jim Carrey's comedy is an acquired taste, think of The Cable Guy as a potent bottle of bittersweet wine. The film has a lingering aftertaste, but it is just a bit too dark, a bit too extreme to invite another serving. On the other hand, you've got to give Carrey some credit for risking his $20-million paycheck (and a big chunk of box-office revenue) on this black comedy. A needy, psychologically unbalanced cable-television installer (Carrey) forces his friendship upon an unsuspecting bachelor (Matthew Broderick) who has just broken up with his fiancée. The movie gets edgier and more desperate--and in some respects funnier--as Carrey's cable guy gradually goes crazy. Director Ben Stiller manages to pack some pointed social commentary into the movie's many humorous detours. Although it was a box-office disappointment, The Cable Guy is nevertheless a daring comedy for those who have had their fill of Ace Ventura. --Jeff Shannon

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vastly underrated dark comedy January 27, 2002
By mirope
Format:VHS Tape
Too, too bad that this marvelously wicked comedy didn't get the respect it deserves when it was originally released. Ben Stiller captured a unique modern nightmare: having the strained small talk we exchange with the cable guy, plumber or repairman inadvertantly turn into an invitation for a full-fledged friendship. Jim Carey's performance is a tour de force that works on multiple levels. Carey's notrious and spectacular over-the-top antics are beautifully combined with subtle emotional nuances. One moment it's so funny that you cry; the next it's so sad that you laugh. Carey conveys much more depth here than you've seen in his other roles without moderating his comic genius. Matthew Broderick plays the perfect straight man. Frequently the funniest moments are his horrified reactions to Carey's outrageousness. Look for hilarious cameos by Owen Wilson and the guy from "High Fidelity."
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carrey's underrated masterpiece July 30, 2003
Format:DVD
"The Cable Guy," as most know by now, was a major departure for Jim Carrey. The rubber-faced goofball of hits like "Dumb And Dumber" and "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" was still present, but he was appearing in a radically different form. With Carrey playing a cable installer fixated on an unsuspecting customer, "The Cable Guy" is easily his darkest movie. However, I've got a soft spot for a good black comedy, and this one is about as black (and as good) as they come.
Although goofy behavior had been Carrey's trademark since his "In Living Color" days (remember Fire Marshal Bill?), "The Cable Guy" was the first movie in which his madcap antics hinted at something dark beneath the surface. Indeed, by playing such a twisted character, Carrey was finally able to let loose and reveal the full range of his comedic gifts (aren't bad guys always more fun?). In contrast to the likes of "Ace Ventura" and "Dumb And Dumber," which were basically just live-action cartoons (albeit amusing ones), "The Cable Guy" provides Carrey with a creepy, unsettling vehicle where he gets to show some real malevolence. When Carrey plays basketball prison-style while Filter's "Hey Man Nice Shot" plays in the background, it's both hilarious and disturbing at the same time. And even when Carrey hams it up, as when he does a vibrato-heavy rendition of Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody To Love" while a group of freaky friends dances around him, there's an undercurrent of the surreal.
In an equally dramatic departure from Carrey's norm, "The Cable Guy" even had a message mixed in with all its weirdness. It turns out Carrey's nameless cable installer, who gets his pseudonyms from old TV shows, was left by his mother to be raised by the TV, and has attachment issues stemming from his inability to relate to others.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, funny, disturbing November 1, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I'm with most other Amazon reviewers -- I don't know why this movie got such a bum rap from most critics. I think it's because Carrey wasn't doing his usual Ace Ventura shtick which I personally don't care for (was not able to sit through either of the Ace Ventura movies). This movie was very funny, good dialogue, good characterization -- the Stephen character was very real and so was the Cable Guy even though he was nutty. My least favorite scene was the one where he beats up Robin's date. Not because it was violent but because it was pretty pointless, didn't contribute anything to the plot, just not very funny IMO (though I see that some other people disagree). I also thought the karaoke scene dragged on a bit. But the whole Medieval Times episode was a scream! Ditto for the Porno Password scene and the basketball game and the scene where the Cable Guy visits Steve in jail, as well as the Menendez brothers-like trial subplot with Ben Stiller. The way the Cable Guy kept modeling everything in his life on TV shows and movies was an inspired touch -- it may not be terribly profound or original social commentary but it was an interesting way of making the point. Finally, I thought the ending was just perfect. The Cable Guy is being airlifted to the hospital and the paramedic in the chopper says "Hang in there, buddy!." The Cable Guy asks, his eyes lighting up, "Hey! Am I really your buddy?" "Sure you are," replies the unsuspecting paramedic ... and we see the Cable Guy's face dissolve into a demented grin. Wow!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally Entertaining and Multifaceted June 22, 2005
Format:DVD
Directed by Ben Stiller, "The Cable Guy" is an underrated film with many layers. Matthew Broderick's cable-challenged character Steven, and his crazy friend Rick, played by Jack Black, are trying solve his problematic relationship with his girlfriend. Jim Carrey stars as Chip the not so mentally stable Cable Guy, who puts in one of the most incredible, gut-wrenching performances of his entire career. His uncanny performance of "Somebody To Love" is like watching John Belushi's SNL duet with Joe Cocker.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Let Carrey "Juice you up..." April 21, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Jim Carrey is "The Cable Guy" in this dark comedy from director Ben Stiller. In one of his best (and underrated) performances, Carrey stars as a lonely, pathetic and very disturbed individual desperately in need of friendship and some very serious psychiatric care. Neglected by his mother as a child, and left in the care of the "babysitter" (the television) for nurturing, he has grown into adulthood as a man orbiting somewhere along the fringes of reality. Even his name is an enigma; using various aliases from the sitcoms he grew up with, he is "Chip Douglas" (My Three Sons) when he happens into the life of the unsuspecting Steven Kovacs (Matthew Broderick). Steven is coping with problems of his own; when he proposes to his girlfriend, Robin (Leslie Mann), she responds by kicking him out of their apartment. Steven rents a new place and, of course, has to get the cable hooked up. Enter the Cable Guy. Acting on the advice of his friend, Rick (Jack Black), Steven approaches Chip with the idea of setting him up with free movie channels for a fifty dollar gratuity. "Ever hear of anything like that?" he inquires. Chip responds with a feigned admonition about "Illegal cable," then readily agrees to "Juice him up." Unwittingly, Steven thereby forms a bond with Chip, who he later learns can be "His best friend, or his worst enemy." For comedy to work, it must be taken seriously; real laughs come from playing it straight, and Stiller is a master of this technic (As both actor and director). He is to be commended here for extracting a tempered performance from Carrey by reining in his natural tendency toward over exuberance (which has worked for him in other projects, but would have been detrimental here). Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars So awesome and Funny. Well made. I wish i was on the set of the movie....
Its my favorite funny movie. My friend told me I was the cable guy before I ever seen the movie. I wondered why and about the movie. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Leann Telesky
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great movie from the Care
All righty then.....Jim Carey There you have it. What more do you have to say? The guy is good right?
Published 1 month ago by Ornamental Plaster Vinculum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
A classic movie that was great to watch over and over again, had to have it for my collection but recently moved to blu-rays for better HD Quality but for the price it is so worth... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey E. Binder
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cable Guy
Love this movie. Jim Carrey is hilarious. i rented this for me and my family and we all enjoyed it. I would recommend this movie.
Published 2 months ago by EmilyyJames
1.0 out of 5 stars No Consistent Direction
This movie lacked direction and as a result was neither a good comedy nor a good suspense. It had its suspenseful moments, but otherwise was vulgar and slow moving in places... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Confederate
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This is a very dark comedy - and this Blue Ray edition has a ton of behind the scenes, and 'making of' specials; which explain the thought and creative process behind the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anna K. Hoot
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites from Jim Carrey
I remember going to the theater when this came out. I was sort of disappointed, not sure why except it may have been I was not ready for the dark side of Jim Carrey. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Majik07
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
I had just watched this movie for the first time ever.. Dear lord.. So funny! Great movie and even better to be a Blu ray film!
Published 3 months ago by conan henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Carey movies are the best :)
Great movie! Jim Carey is hilarious! There are many innuendos and inappropriate suggestions so I don't recommend it for younger crowds.
Published 3 months ago by David VanDomelen
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark comedy's like this movie scares me in a funny but weird way
Thanx to Jim Carrey's funny guy professionalism this flick can raise some interests from funny audiences. I 1st thought the movie was strange and scary when i was a kid. But now? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jose Luis
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