The Cable Guy
THE CABLE GUY (12)
D: Ben Stiller
Brillstein/Brad Grey/Mueller Film Corp. (Andrew Licht, Jeffrey A. Mueller & Judd Apatow)
USA 🇺🇸 1996
W: Lou Holtz, Jr.
DP: Robert Brinkmann
Ed: Steven Weisberg
Mus: John Ottman
Jim Carrey (Cable Guy), Matthew Broderick (Steven), Leslie Mann (Robin), Jack Black (Rick), George Segal (Steven's Father), Diane Baker (Steven's Mother), Ben Stiller (Sam Sweet)
Matthew Broderick is a straight-laced suburbanite who slips the cable guy $50 for free premium service, the cable guy however becomes obsessed with his new customer and wants constant attention and friendship from him.
What could have been a black comedy about obsession is just straight up slapstick with Jim Carrey in the title role. The screenplay is incredibly weak and worst of all, it simply isn't as funny as it really ought to be.
Amongst the biggest disappointments of 1996.