The Cable Guy movie review - Aussieboyreviews
IS THERE A PERFECT AMOUNT OF DARK HUMOUR IN THE CABLE GUY FOR TEENS?
In the list of dark comedies, The Cable Guy is dark and occasionally funny. It’s best for teens and up and is likeable enough.
Negative consequences begin to unfold when Steven rejects his friendship with Chip, a mentally disturbed cable guy who installs cable at his home.
Director: Ben Stiller
Cast: Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Ben Stiller, Jack Black
Writer: Lou Holtz Jr.
Release Date (Australia): 20 June 1996
Runtime: 96 minutes/1h 36m
Genre: Comedy, Thriller, Drama
CONTENT GUIDE (WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
The film contains thematic elements such as crude humour, stalking, murder and a suicide attempt.
The film contains depictions of violence including beatings and accompanying bruise detail.
The film features use of words such as “ass”, “s**t”, “damn”, “bastard” and “son of a bitch”.
A character is asked if he’s “on pot”.
The film features several crude verbal sexual references.
PG-13 (for dark thematic elements and crude humor)
Aussie boy's thoughts
Strange characteristics and demented twists seem to exist as the only source of bleak humour in The Cable Guy. Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick are the real stars here. The goofy performance by Carrey will deliver his pleased fans an even weirder and darker outlook on him. Broderick isn’t too appealing, but his character’s TV addiction and love life is pretty well-presented.
Does the film involve a smooth sense of pacing? It’s honestly right-on-the-dot average. There’s no doubt that a fair spoonful of critics will describe the film as “boring”, mainly since the ideas aren’t anticipating or clever enough.
But above everything you can think of, the real question is: is the humour just as dark as it is funny? You probably won’t inherit too much pleasure and satisfaction if you’re just clasping along just for some dark laughs. The humour is occasionally chucklesome, but wow, just wow… It’s not that funny. It’s rather disappointing.
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