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.
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