"The Cable Guy" with Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick Classic Movie ReviewMovies, Video & TV
I had always heard that the Jim Carrey movie “The Cable Guy” almost destroyed his career and was one of the worst major comedy movies from the 1990’s. To put these theories to the test I sat down and watched the 1996 film “The Cable Guy” and prepared this surprisingly favorable review. Interesting note, this film was produced by Ben Stiller.
The movie really takes a sadistic twist on the normally joyous roles of Jim Carey. Jim Carey’s role opposite Matthew Broderick as Steven Kovacs is a brilliant contrast that plays out well on screen. The first half hour the film is traditional slap stick and goofy faces that make Jim Carrey a star and a legend on screen as one of the men with rubber faces that can physically funny without speaking one full word.
The film twists when fast friend the cable guy turns out to wage war on Matthew Broderick’s character as he begins to attempt to separate himself from the increasing maddening cable guy. The bribery of free cable to all local officials and friends allows Carrey’s character to manipulate every system and make Steven regret ever meeting the man.
From ruining his work life, getting him put in jail, and eliminating his oldest friends, the cable guy twists to the audience into hating laughing at the mastermind cable guy in this film.
It turns out that the cable guy does not even work at the cable company after losing his job for following customers around and harassing them. Now disturbed and increasingly at his wit’s end trying to recollect his life together Steven must try and defeat the mastermind strangeness of the cable guy who crosses nearly every line imaginable while still acting ridiculous.
There are some iconic moments in this film that have lasted in modern memory including a famous scene at Medieval times restaurant and the many movie and television lines that Carrey uses throughout the film. There are many jokes in the movie and comical situations enhanced my musical themes and dialogue that keep the interest of the audience.
If you have not seen “The Cable Guy” then you may want to decide for yourself if you like this film instead of just taking the advice of others. I found the film to be an interesting endeavor into a near psychological thriller that has quite a bit of originality to it. Check it out and see for yourself.