The Cable Guy
name = The Cable Guy
caption = Theatrical release poster
Judd Apatow Bernie Brillstein(executive)
Lou Holtz Jr.
Jim Carrey Matthew Broderick Leslie Mann Jack Black George Segal Diane Baker
cinematography = Robert Brinkmann
editing = Steven Weisberg
June 14, 1996
runtime = 96 min.
language = English
budget = $47 million
gross = $102,825,796
amg_id = 1:136232
imdb_id = 0115798
"The Cable Guy" is a 1996 black comedy film directed by
Ben Stillerand starring Jim Carreyand Matthew Broderick. The film also features Leslie Mannand Jack Black. The film was released in North America on Friday, June 14, 1996by Columbia Pictures.
A TV-obsessed cable installer, who gives his name as Ernie "Chip" Douglas, installs Steven Kovacs's (
Matthew Broderick) cable television service after Steven moves out of the apartment he shared with his girlfriend Robin ( Leslie Mann). After he illegally gives Steven free pay channels, Chip believes he and Steven have struck up a friendship. Although Chip behaves in an off-putting manner, Steven comes to like his new pal. Chip shows his affection in odd ways, such as arranging a duel between the two, giving his new pal a (stolen) massive entertainment system, and paying a gorgeous prostitute to have sex with Steven. But not long passes before Chip's bizarre behavior exhausts Steven's patience, leading him to forcefully break off their friendship. Chip snaps, and resorts to stalkingSteven and his girlfriend to get the attention he feels he deserves.
The film satirizes America's obsession with television, and other forms of mass media such as the Internet and video games. Chip seems unable to separate fact from fiction, as television was his "de facto" parent. Director
Ben Stillerhas a minor role in the film as an accused murderer and former child star whose criminal case is constantly being talked about on every television station, with the signal being disrupted right before the verdict is announced.
Jim Carreyas Ernie "Chip" Douglas (The Cable Guy)
Matthew Broderickas Steven M. Kovacs
Leslie Mannas Robin Harris
Jack Blackas Rick
George Segalas Mr. Kovacs
Diane Bakeras Mrs. Kovacs
Ben Stilleras Sam Sweet / Stan Sweet
Eric Robertsas Himself
Janeane Garofaloas Medieval Times Waitress
Andy Dickas Medieval Times Host
David Crossas Sales Manager
Amy Stilleras Steven's Secretary
Owen Wilsonas Robin's Date
Kathy Griffinas Mrs. Douglas
Bob Odenkirkas Steven's brother
Kyle Gassas Couch Potato
"The Cable Guy" is regarded as having a darker tone than most of Carrey's previous work, because he plays the antagonist, a stalker. Audiences had mixed reactions to this change of character for Carrey and film critics gave mixed reviews. The movie scored 50% on
Rotten Tomatoes, [ [http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cable_guy The Cable Guy - Movie Reviews, Trailers, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes ] ] giving it a "rotten" score.
The film grossed $19,806,226 on its opening weekend. It grossed a total $60,240,295 in the domestic market, and $42,585,501 outside the U.S, making a total of $102,825,796 worldwide gross. Despite the perception that the movie was a
flop, it actually made a profit, grossing just over $100 million, with a budget of $47 million. [ [http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=cableguy.htm The Cable Guy (1996) ] ]
Awards & Nominations
1997 MTV Movie Awards
* Best Comic Performance - Jim Carrey (won)
* Best Villain - Jim Carrey (won)
"The Cable Guy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" was released
May 21, 1996by Sony. [ [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000002BL5 The Cable Guy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Amazon.com. Retrieved March 24, 2008.] It consists largely of alternative rockand post-grungebands and includes the first solo recording by Jerry Cantrellof Alice in Chainsfame. The soundtrack also includes a song from $10,000 Gold Chain, a side projectof Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready. However, it does not include White Zombie's " More Human Than Human," which is featured in the film.
# I'll Juice You Up -
# Leave Me Alone -
Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand- Primitive Radio Gods
# Blind -
# Oh! Sweet Nuthin' - $10,000 Gold Chain
# End of the World is Coming - David Hilder
Satellite of Love- Porno For Pyros
# Get Outta My Head - Cracker
Somebody to Love- Jim Carrey
# The Last Assassin -
# This is - Ruby
Hey Man, Nice Shot- Filter
# Unattractive -
# Download - Expanding Man
# This Concludes Our Broadcast Day -
In Popular Culture
*On the season 11 episode of "
The Simpsons", " Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner", Homer goes to a Planet Hollywood-esque restaurant where he sees several props from famous movies, like the mug from " Heartbeeps", the cane from " Citizen Kane", and, according to Bart, the awful script from this movie (which Homer tears because the movie almost ruined Jim Carrey's career).
*The film is one of the earliest of the
Frat Packfilms, due to the involvement of Ben Stiller, Judd Apatow, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Leslie Mann, and Janeane Garofalo.
*In an episode of Third Rock From the Sun, protagonist Dick ridicules the film by saying, "Should Jim Carrey apologize for 'The Cable Guy'?! Well, maybe."
*The ending seems to parody that of the movie Ricochet.
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