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There's Something About Mary (1998)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

There's Something About Mary (1998)

In the Farrelly Brothers' notorious film:

  • the response to the painful, pants-zipper accident that injured geeky, accident prone and humiliated Ted Stroehmann's (Ben Stiller) male organ - a flashback on the night of his high school prom with ditzy dream-girl Mary Jensen's (Cameron Diaz) solicitous step-father's (Keith David) incredulous queries about the incident: "Is it the frank or the beans?" and "How the hell d’ya get the beans above the frank?", followed by the paramedic's cry: "We've got a bleeder!"
  • the gross-out, iconic, disgusting image of Mary's upturned hair with a unique brand of home-made hair-gel that was dangling and borrowed from Ted's left ear lobe ("Is that hair-gel?") after he had masturbated
  • the scenes with the landlady's hyperactive dog Puffy, who attacked Ted, and then was secretly oversedated by sleazy and smarmy private detective Pat Healy (Matt Dillon) with spiked treats; the dog was miraculously revived from death by electrocution from an AC cord - but it set Pat on fire
  • the painful scene of Ted's mouth being hooked by a large fishing line hook
  • Ted's scene with a rambling, persuasive hitchhiker-salesman (Harland Williams) who enthusiastically promoted his new product (7 Minute Abs exercise video): ("Think about it. You walk into a video store, you see 8-Minute Abs sittin' there, there's 7-Minute Abs right beside it. Which one are you gonna pick, man?...Bingo, man, bingo. 7-Minute Abs. And we guarantee just as good a workout as the 8-minute folk....If you're not happy with the first 7 minutes, we're gonna send you the extra minute free. You see? That's it. That's our motto. That's where we're comin' from. That's from "A" to "B"...No! No, no, not 6! I said 7. Nobody's comin' up with 6. Who works out in 6 minutes? You won't even get your heart goin', not even a mouse on a wheel...7's the key number here. Think about it. 7-Elevens. 7 dwarves. 7, man, that's the number. 7 chipmunks twirlin' on a branch, eatin' lots of sunflowers on my uncle's ranch. You know that old children's tale from the sea. It's like you're dreamin' about Gorgonzola cheese when it's clearly Brie time, baby. Step into my office....'Cause you're f--kin' fired!"


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