Skip to comments."The Cable Guy" ---A Comedy Classic that the Critics Hated
Posted on 12/25/2008 11:17:04 AM PST by PJ-Comix
One of the great injustices ever done to a movie was the lousy reviews many critics gave to one of the greatest comedy flicks ever---"The Cable Guy." Apparently the critics wanted another "Ace Ventura" and Jim Carrey gave them an incredible performance as a creepy cable guy. The dark humor of the movie frightened the critics and many of them panned the performance. Hey critics! It can't all be sweetness and light like the Ace Ventura movies. Carrey angered the critics by breaking out of the cookie cutter mold they wanted him to remain in.
Overall "The Cable Guy" is easily in one of the top ten comedies of all time. Almost every scene delivered comedy on the highest level from Carrey looking for the "sweet spot" in the wall to humming the Star Trek personal battle theme while fighting Steven Kovacs at the Medieval theme restaurant to doing Altamont karaoke singing performance to recreating "Midnight Express" by shoving his nipple against the glass at the jailhouse ("OH BILLY!!!"). Plus there were TONS more fantastic comedy scenes that always puts me into stitches whenever I watch that movie as I did recently several times over on cable.
How the critics could have rated that movie so low is beyond belief. I really think their low opinion of "The Cable Guy" kept Carrey from doing more dark humor. But "The Cable Guy," despite the idiotic critics, remains one of the great comedy movies of all time.
Just Larry, the cable guy.
Top ten! Oh, nevermind. I thought this was Dummie Funnies...
Jim Kerry vocalized "Somebody to Love" better than Grace Slick did. ; - D
Can’t share your enthusiasm for “Cable Guy” or any other Carrey movie, but they are entertaining. However, I’m not a big movie guy. I was listening to a talk show in St. Louis where callers and hosts, including a movie “expert,” voted “Dumb and Dumber” the funniest movie of all time. Can’t see it. I would have voted for “Airplane,” but what do I know? Movies are a personal taste and you like what you like.
It seems to me that CSI ripped off the concept for one of their episodes - of course they had to make him way creepier (and way less funny ;’}
So what didn’t you like about “The Cable Guy?”
“Free cable is the ultimate aphrodisiac.”
"She was a hooker?, You hired a hooker for me?" (paraphrasing)
I thought Jim Carrey was hilarious in that movie on so many levels. Matthew Broderick, however, brought it down to a “will-this-ever-end”. Other than Ferris Bueller, I really can’t think of another movie I’ve liked him in. Wait...I really liked him in Glory. Maybe that one with Meg Ryan. Otherwise, he just seems out of place in everything else I’ve seen.
They didn’t appreciate Carrey parodying their sacred Woodstock during the ‘karaoke bash’.
Actually, it is one of my favorite black comedies. I loved the people at Chip’s party. Wasn’t the policeman (who eventually arrested Matthew Broderick) at the party or at least in other scenes?
“She’s clean I assure you. I tried her out last week to make sure she was top quality, and I’m as healthy as a horse. Not a drip. She’s the best, ask any of my friends.”
Cable Guy? nah.
For my taste, ‘Raising Arizona’ is the absolute pinnacle of comedy.
Actually he was parodying Altamont.
Didn’t do anything for me.
Absolutely Classic comedy IMO!
“You might recognize this song as performed by Jefferson Airplane, in a little rockumentary called ‘Gimme Shelter,’ about the Rolling Stones and their nightmare at Altamont. That night the Oakland chapter of the Hell’s Angels had their way. Tonight, it’s my turn.”
I’ve seen it once since it first came out, but I have the DVD. I think I’ll watch it again today.
Right up there with my all-time favorite black comedy: Neighbors with Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi. Another film that was panned by critics and audiences, but still has developed a loyal cult following.
Remember the bathroom fight done to the tune of Dizzy Gillespi bebop music?
Even the sub-plot with the Menendez bros. type trial was hilarious. Plus it worked in perfect at the end.
“You’ve got honey in your voice tonight, Raul”.
I liked Matthew Broderick in Lion King and in LadyHawk (minus the cheesy ‘80s syntesizer music).
I don't recall.
I'll have to watch it again. : - D
“My lisp is gone”...
I loved it. Jim Carrey should have been nominated. He threw himself into that great role and I do not think I wll ever recover from watching the Kareoki night song.
ZOMG. This is freakin’ GENIUS.
The shots of the party guests are just genius. Love the old man throwing punches.
This might have been a classic with a more subtle comedian like Michael Keaton. Carrey is over-the-top to the point of pain. Same goes for “Liar, Liar”.
But it’s the VERY FIRST THING I will do on my week off, starting tomorrow.
I liked The Cable Guy.
expert, voted Dumb and Dumber the funniest movie of all time. Cant see it. I would have voted for Airplane, but what do I know? Movies are a personal taste and you like what you like.
I would vote for Animal House or the military movie Andy Griffin and Don Knots played in.
BTW, since you are into Renaissance festival stuff, I'm surprised you never saw this movie before since it has a great part in the medieval theme restaurant.
I agree about Raising Arizona. Its outrageous, over -the- top hilarity for most of it was also deftly anchored in a real and serious thesis on “baby love” and the desire of people to have children, which made the last few minutes, narrated by Nic Cage as he envisions the life he and Holly Hunter might have had, tremendously moving. Just sublime. By far the best few minutes the Coen brothers ever committed to film. But of course, only to be undercut by the VERY last moment of the film, where he says.....”but maybe it was Utah”.
Heh. I just watched this movie again the other day. It is a classic. Great movie. It’s especially eerie at the end where the Carrey is talking about how TV, telephone, and computer will all be integrated, etc. I was thinking we got there even faster than the script writers probably figured back in 1996.
It was a lousy movie and not a classic comedy. They guy was badly mentally ill with an evil twisted mind, ending up trying to commit suicide. Hardly a comedy in any book.
As I recall it started kinda funny but seemed to totally lose direction like they just made up the last bit as they were making it or something. It’s been a while though and I’m pretty sure I was high at the time.
Yeah, I was hoping for Larry too.
So you must not have liked "Dr. Strangelove." Another DARK HUMOR comedy.
that was andy griffith and nick adams..”No Time for Sergeants”
you’re right though..Don Knotts was the psychiatrist interviewing andy..that scene was pretty funny..:)
Yeah, I liked it. The hooker girl was hot.
I thought that was the name but wasn’t certain and too tired to look it up.
You like black comedy, try “Very Bad Things”. Hit-the-pause-button funny, in a dark and twisted way. My wife and I heartily recommended it to some friends, and they kinda backed away from us next time they saw us. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.
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