THE CABLE GUY (1996)
Directed by: Ben Stiller
Written by: Lou Holtz Jr.
Starring: Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Jack Black, George Segal, Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Dick, David Cross, Owen Wilson
I hate The Cable Guy, but not for the reasons you’d expect. When I was a kid, Jim Carrey was the shit. He was in so many movies I loved, at the time, and he could certainly do no wrong. So when this movie came out I was expecting nothing but the same. Except that’s not what we got. What we got was a very disturbed and unhinged Jim Carrey who, while doing his best to get a laugh, isn’t likable nor is he anyone to root for. Of course that’s the point of the film but for me, at seven years old, I couldn’t conceive that.
Interestingly enough this movie was not suppose to be this dark as the original writer Lou Holtz Jr. meant this to be more lighthearted. But Ben Stiller and producer Judd Apatow wanted this to be dark and Holtz rewrote his screenplay so much that he eventually quit and Apatow did the final (uncredited) rewrite. What a disappointing way to start a career for Holtz and looking at IMDB this is the ONLY project he ever worked on. The seven year old in me had no idea any of this happening of course; all I knew was that this wasn’t a funny movie and to this date it still isn’t.