A mentally disturbed cable guy latches onto one of his clients
and tries to befriend him, leading to disastrous consequences.
The Cable Guy (1996)
Directed by Ben Stiller
Written by Lou Holtz Jr.
Starring Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann,
Jack Black, Ben Stiller, George Segal, Diane Baker
The Cable Guy is one of Jim Carrey's most underrated 90's comedies, and a true cult gem that deserves more attention. It straddles the fine line between comedy and horror and is reminiscent of films like Fatal Attraction and Pacific Heights, but thanks to Jim Carrey's comedic genius and his surprisingly decent chemistry with Matthew Broderick, the film works quite well. I always forget how entertaining and dark this film is until I watch it again.
Carrey plays Chip Douglas, a disturbed cable guy who just wants a friend. But when Steven Kovacs (Broderick) inadvertently sparks a friendship, he finds himself stalked by Chip, and once he cuts ties, Chip starts systematically tearing apart Steven's life. There are scenes like the Medieval Times fight scene and the karaoke party scene that are pure Carrey at his craziest, and there's scenes in the second half that are pure horror-thriller, like Chip beating the hell out of a young Owen Wilson. It's a perfect blend that never falters.
I think more people would appreciate Carrey's acting ability if they saw this film and others like it. I've always considered him a powerhouse talent, and The Cable Guy is a creepy yet hilarious reminder of that fact. It's definitely a memorable film and a cool 90's gem.