"There's Something About Mary," directed by the Farrelly brothers, is a landmark romantic comedy that combines outrageous humor with a surprisingly sweet love story. The film stars Cameron Diaz as the titular Mary, whose radiant charm captivates several men, including the endearingly awkward Ted, played with perfect comic timing by Ben Stiller.
The plot is a series of misadventures and misunderstandings as Ted attempts to reconnect with his high school crush, Mary. The Farrelly brothers' signature style of humor, which includes a blend of slapstick, shock comedy, and gross-out moments, is in full force here. Despite its occasionally crude jokes, the film never loses its heart, thanks largely to Diaz's charismatic performance.
The supporting cast, including Matt Dillon as the sleazy private investigator Healy, and Chris Elliott as Ted's friend Dom, add to the film's comedic strength. The movie is known for several iconic scenes and gags that have become part of popular culture.
"There's Something About Mary" is more than just a collection of jokes; it's a film about unrequited love, obsession, and the lengths people will go to for a chance at happiness. Its ability to balance humor with a genuinely compelling romantic storyline sets it apart in the genre of romantic comedies.
The film's success helped redefine the boundaries of mainstream comedy in the late '90s and remains a beloved classic for its daring humor and heartwarming story.