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.
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.
Absolutely - it was brilliant!
Loved the movie. My husband and I saw it on DVD a few weeks ago. I was unaware that it had received poor reviews.
The karoke scene was hilarious.
I’ve heard good things about VBT! My husband liked it very much, so I’ll check it out. Thanks for the tip.
Just be in the correct frame of mind when you watch it! A more mordant comedy has never been filmed. Sick stuff, but once you accept it as a truly twisted morality tale, it’s side-splitting.
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Good Movie, but this thread is about 12 years too late.
I’m a “Me, Myself & Irene” fan...
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