Was Jim Carrey’s ‘The Cable Guy’ Simply Ahead of it’s Time?
We here at DAPS have always been big fans of Jim Carrey and director Ben Stiller’s 1995 comedy The Cable Guy. Compared to his previous releases, TCG was a much darker, and frankly weirder, film. Expectations were sky-high for Carrey following his huge 1994 successes Ace Ventura, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber. The revelation that he made a then record 20 million dollar salary for starring in the film also raised the stakes. So, it’s not very surprising that the film was pretty universally panned.
This Week, Channel Awesome’s Nostalgia Critic (Doug Walker), takes a look back at a film that might just have been ahead of it’s time. He makes some pretty great points, especially those about our now frequent encounters with creeps on social media. Creeepy.
A couple of fun facts about the film before we go:
- Judd Apatow was a credited producer on the project. He was also an un-credited writer.
- The film’s script was originally written for Chris Farley, but he was unable to star because of scheduling conflicts.
- The “Silence of the Lambs” Medieval Times scene was entirely improvised.
- Every cast member of the Ben Stiller Show appears on screen at least once.
- The movie makes a number of references to Highlander.