Blu-ray Disc Review: There’s Something About Mary

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There’s Something About Mary
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Blu-ray Disc Review By Jerry Rutledge

This raunchy and oddly heartwarming romantic comedy from the Farrelly Brothers deserves a place in your collection.

Ted (Ben Stiller) is a young and awkward high school nerd.  In a random act of kindness, he defends Warren (W. Earl Brown), a mentally retarded boy, from school bullies.  As it turns out the retarded boy’s sister Mary (Cameron Diaz) is the most beautiful girl in Ted’s high school graduating class.  She asks him out to the senior high school prom.

Ted arrives at Mary’s house ready to take her to the prom.  While using the bathroom, he catches a glimpse of Mary dressing for the prom.  In a bizarre mishap he nervously catches his manhood in the fly of his tuxedo

Ted dies of embarrassment.  Or so it seems.  Years later he is still smitten by Mary.  At the urging of his friend Dom (Chris Elliott), he hires a slimy private investigator named Healy (Matt Dillon) to discovery her current whereabouts.

As it turns out Mary has moved to Miami and not only is she beautiful, but she has become fabulously successful, interesting to men, and remained kind.  She is an orthopedic surgeon, loves sports, and still cares for her retarded brother (W. Earl Brown).

Healy falls for Mary too.  He lies to Ted about Mary indicating that she is fat and wheelchair bound.  Healy decides he will seduce Mary through trickery.

Ted still loves Mary and travels to Miami to meet her.  Adding insult to injury (and making for more comedy), Healy is just one in a long line of would be paramours that Ted must compete with to win Mary’s affections.  The sight gags are crude, rude, non-stop and uproariously funny.

Extras include:
* in picture directors and writers commentaries; an extended version of the film, and an alternate animated claymation opening sequence;
* commentaries about the making of the film (“Getting Behind Mary,” “Backstory,” and “Comedy Central: Reel Comedy”);
* interviews with the actors (“Exposing Themselves” discussing acting in a comedy, “Frank and Beans” wherein actor W. Earl Brown explains how he played a retarded man; and “Touchdown” wherein football player Brett Favre discussed his cameo appearance);
* interview with the special effects designers for the film (“Puffy, Boobs, and Balls”);
* music (“Up a Tree with Jonathan Richman and Tommy Larkins,” which gives the history behind the singing duo that appears in the film; the “Every Day Should Be a Holiday” music video and “Build Me Up Buttercup” karaoke);
* special features with new comedic material such as “Behind the Zipper” and “Interview Rollette with Harland Williams”; and
* posters, trailers and TV spots (“Marketing Mary”); and “Out-Takes” material that was left out of the film.


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