The Cable Guy
A twisted and frequently nasty black comedy. Whilst naive suburbanite broderick asks carrey's over-eager cable man to give him some more channels at no cost, he has no idea he's inviting the stressed-up plugster into his existence. Newly separated from his lady friend, broderick is sucked into his socially inept buddy's deranged fantasy international, the result of a lonely boyhood spent watching tv. Carrey's whirlwind comic electricity is just too spontaneous and elusive to be contained with the aid of lou holtz jr's to begin with unsettling script.
Also, stiller's erratic direction fails to establish a consistent tone, so that obvious, crowd alluring set-portions alternate with creepy, disturbing weirdness. Examine, for example, carrey's generally berserk karaoke rendition of jefferson airplane's 'someone to love?' with the nightmarish sequence in a kitschy arthurian subject restaurant, in which he and broderick quaff ale and gnaw fowl before combating, definitely to the demise, with swords, axes, maces and jousting lances. However, as it dares to show the darkish side of carrey's persona, and to take possibilities at this pivotal stage in his meteoric career, stiller's movie ranks as an honourable failure.