The Cable Guy

Year: 1996
Director: Ben Stiller
Cast: Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, George Segal, Eric Roberts, Janeane Garofalo, Owen Wilson

Jim Carrey's star had begun to fade around this time. Maybe it was because, after two Ace Ventura movies, Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, Liar Liar, audiences were sick of his rubber face shtick.

Matthew Broderick had pre-empted Carrey by slipping into the B grades years earlier, and it's only his marriage to Sarah Jessica Parker (made more famous than she ever deserved to be by Sex In The City) that's rejuvenated his career in recent times — although never to the lofty heights of the Ferris Bueller days, he seems stuck in terminally nice guys roles.

And more soon-to-be huge personalities were involved, among them Ben Stiller (who I was surprised to realise directed) and Jack Black and Owen Wilson.

Carrey is a cable TV installation technician with a disturbing and creepy need for acceptance. When he latches onto a hapless customer (Broderick), he reveals himself to be a psycho and proceeds to stalk him and insinuate himself into his life.

None of the details or lines stand out to me, maybe it's the same for everyone and that's why it was a critical and box office disaster, despite the $20m upfront salary Carrey was paid for it.

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