|Aug/Sep 1998 Film and Cinema|
Sure it's ridiculous. Sure it's in generally poor taste. So what? That's what makes There's Something About Mary so good.
If you've seen the trailer, you know the story: Ted (Stiller) finally gets to go out with Mary (Diaz) to the prom and is stymied by a freak zipper accident, sending him into years of therapy to wonder what-coulda-been. Thirteen years later, we find that he's not the only one fixated on Mary... as no fewer than five suitors appear to win her heart.
Done one way, this could've been a Disney movie. Done the Farrelly brothers (Dumb and Dumber) way, it's anything but.
Frankly, I prefer the Farrelly brothers way, because it's just so damn hilarious. Most of the funny bits have unfortunately be spoiled by the trailer, but it's no matter; Mary's still got plenty of juice in her.
(Note to potential filmgoers: The overly sensitive need not apply.)