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Ben Stiller: From Slapstick to Satire
Posted January 22, 2010 to photo album "Ben Stiller: From Slapstick to Satire"
For Ben Stiller, Greenberg is only the last in a parade of remarkable characters. Click through his slide show.
Slide 4: There's Something about Mary (1998)
The Farrelly brothers, who’d previously perfected their brand of gross out comedy, found the perfect mix of sweet and shocking in this romantic comedy. When Ted (Ben Stiller), a nebbish guy living in Rhode Island, decides to find his boyhood love Mary (Cameron Diaz), he hires Pat (Matt Dillon), a shady private eye who takes a shine to Mary when he meets her. Soon a web of lies and deceptions surround poor Mary as each suitor tries to show up the competition. But Ted, like the movie itself, embodies both the hysterical and the human. James Berardinelli in Reel Reviews comments, “One reason that There's Something about Mary works (when it could have easily flopped) is because the actors are all perfect for their chosen parts. With different casting, I could see how half the jokes might have fallen flat. Ben Stiller, who understands comedy, makes us like and sympathize with Ted while laughing at him.”