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There's Something About Mary

20th Century Fox Released 1998



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Movie Summary

Peter Farrelly , Bobby Farrelly

Ted Stroehmann was ridiculously awkward in his younger years. His prom night was ruined by a priceless zipper accident that immobilized him and made him miss the dance. Years later, he's not any more savvy. He hires a private detective, Pat Healy, to track down his prom date, Mary. Unfortunately there's something about Mary, and Pat falls in love with her too. As creepy as he is, he uses his skills as a private investigator to become a bit of a stalker. In the midst of Pat's pursuit, he discovers that Mary's friend Tucker is another nutcase who is stalking Mary. He was originally a pizza delivery guy who is now in love with her and spends all of his time warding off potential suitors. Ted goes to find Mary and has to deal with Pat, Tucker, and the secret he's trying to keep about having hired a detective. It's up to Mary to decide where her heart lies.


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Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    A romantic comedy that's a hoot in every sense, worth a smidgen of disapproval and a whole lot of helpless laughter...The film works ridiculously well because it never stoops to be...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The Farrellys here show a gift not just for finding humor where others have feared to look but for presenting it in a way that is surprisingly close to irresistible.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Crudely made, somewhat overlong and larded with plenty of things that don't work, pic stands as proof positive that a comedy can be far from perfect and still hit the bull's-eye if...


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    • Production Budget - $23,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $176,484,651 (3rd)
      Worldwide Gross - $369,884,651 (4th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $307,060,715
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $643,551,973

    • Filming locations include:
      Baltimore, Maryland
      South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida
      Miami, Florida
      Miami Beach, Florida
      Plantation, Florida
      Providence, Rhode Island
      South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida

    • An 'extended' version of the movie runs 11 minutes longer.

    • Tagline:
      1. Warning: The guys who did 'Dumb & Dumber' and 'Kingpin' bring you a love story.
      2. The most fun you can have on video.
      3. Everyone's talking about Mary...
      4. No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. Everybody else was on their own.
      5. There's Just Something About Her...
      6. Love is in the hair.

    • Music:
      Written by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dorothy Heyward and DuBose Heyward
      Performed by Ray Conniff
      History Repeating (featuring Miss Shirley Bassey)
      Written by Alex Gifford
      Performed by The Propellerheads
      Margo's Waltz
      Written by Lloyd Cole and Blair Cowan
      Performed by Lloyd Cole
      Talking to You
      Written and Performed by Tom Wolfe
      Let Her Go Into The Darkness
      Written and Performed by Jonathan Richman
      Jonathan Richman appears courtesy of Vapor Records
      Build Me Up Buttercup
      Written by Mike d'Abo and Tony Macaulay
      Performed by The Foundations
      The Way
      Written and Performed by William Goodrum
      There's Something About Mary
      Written and Performed by Jonathan Richman
      Jonathan Richman appears courtesy of Vapor Records
      How to Survive a Broken Heart
      Written and Performed by Ben Lee
      (They Long to Be) Close to You
      Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
      Performed by Sally Stevens
      Mary's Prayer
      Written by Gary Clark
      Performed by Danny Wilson
      Everything Shines
      Written by Chris Trapper
      Performed by The Push Stars
      Every Day Should Be a Holiday
      Written by Courtney Taylor-Taylor
      Performed by The Dandy Warhols
      This Is The Day
      Written by Dominique Durand, Andy Chase and Adam Schlesinger
      Performed by Ivy
      Speed Queen
      Written by Liza Oxnard (as Elizabeth Oxnard), Wallace Lester, Mark Pauperas and Sid Greenbud
      Performed by Zuba
      True Love Is Not Nice
      Written and Performed by Jonathan Richman
      Jonathan Richman appears courtesy of Vapor Records
      Get a Life
      Written and Performed by John Cafferty
      Written by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown
      Performed by Ray Conniff
      Deep Purple
      Written by Peter De Rose (as Peter DeRose)
      Performed by Ray Conniff
      Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: Rondo Allegro
      By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Performed by Vienna Mozart Ensemble
      Written by Ary Barroso (as Ary Barrosso)
      Performed by Ray Conniff
      Hey Batter (Mary's Remix)
      Written and Performed by Susan Sandberg
      Bad Boys (Theme from Cops)
      Written by Ian Lewis
      Performed by Badd Eli
      Ahora es Mejor
      Written and Performed by Jonathan Richman
      Jonathan Richman appears courtesy of Vapor Records
      All These Days
      Written by Bret Reilly
      Performed by The Sons
      Talking to Herself
      Written and Performed by Tom Wolfe
      Is She Really Going Out With Him
      Written and Performed by Joe Jackson
      If I Could Talk I'd Tell You
      Written by Evan Dando and Eugene Kelly
      Performed by The Lemonheads
      Danse Boheme
      from "Carmen Suite No. 2"
      By Georges Bizet
      Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
      I've Got You Under My Skin
      Written by Cole Porter
      Performed by Ray Conniff
      I Get the Message
      Written by Dominique Durand, Andy Chase and Adam Schlesinger
      Performed by Ivy
      Stranger on the Shore
      Written by Acker Bilk and Robert Mellin
      Performed by Acker Bilk


More Info About This Movie


Comedy, Drama


characters with hidden agendas, secrets and lies, finding mister right, unrequited love, moral dilemmas