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Parents' Guide to

There's Something About Mary

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Farrelly bros' classic is full of gross-out laughs.

Movie R 1998 119 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 17+

A film where everyone sucks and no one grows

This film features many men who treat women as objects and have a series of unrelated gags happen to them throughout the film. They principally happen to Ben Stiller's character (which everyone takes pleasure messing with) and the character falls for it every time, because in this film there is no growth. This film is not about terrible people getting together to work hard to not learn. In that way it is very successful. I did not find that type of "journey" appealing. And presenting Díaz as the quintessential pretty thin blonde woman who loves sports...the challenge would be if the film could be even more cliché.
age 18+

For 18 and up.

For 18 and up people under 18 and up sould not know what this even is.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (20 ):

Sure, the plot may sound like your typical romantic comedy -- but not with the Farrelly brothers at the helm. These are the same guys who brought you Dumb and Dumber, with its toilet humor and political incorrectness. Instead, this is a frat guy's idea of a romantic comedy, full of jokes at the expense of disabled people and women. Sure, the guys who fall for Mary are the ultimate joke; undeveloped man-boy idiots drooling over her charms -- how many leggy blondes are doctors who love beer and football?

If you can't stand this kind of humor, stay clear. And it's certainly not the thing for anyone with dating horror stories -- Chris Elliot's character won't be funny at all. But the film definitely has enough to satisfy adult gross-out humor fans.

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