There's Something About Mary

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3 1/2

Ted (Ben Stiller) has yearned for dream girl Mary Jenson (Cameron Diaz) since 1985 when they almost had a date to the senior prom. Tragic circumstances intervened and Ted never saw Mary again. He finally hires Pat (Matt Dillon), a sleazy private investigator, to track her down. Pat finds Mary in Miami and understands there's definitely something unique about her. By stalking the unsuspecting beauty, he knows exactly what kind of man she wants. Posing as such a person, he meets Mary and sends a false report back to Ted that she is fat, has four illegitimate children and is confined to a wheelchair. Ted goes to Miami to see for himself and Mary discovers that no one is who they seem to be.

Nonstop crude humor smothers any spark of respectability as Ted and Mary meet one comical mishap after another on a rocky road to romance. It's definitely a movie for the X- generation. If at least 81 obscenities are more than you can handle, stay away. If you're disgusted watching a high school boy suffer excruciating pain and humiliation while a policeman, a fireman, and his date's parents tug at his pants zipper to free his clearly shown genitals , stay away. If witnessing a young man excrete a bodily fluid in a prolonged scene reviles you, stay away. If making fun of the mentally and physically handicapped, a dog almost electrocuted and set on fire, plus incessant references to a variety of sexual activity doesn't make you laugh, stay away. While Mary and Ted are decent characters, she strips down to revealing underwear in front of an open window more than once. Obscenities come easily to both her and Ted. Breast nudity several times and male frontal nudity once are brief, but graphic. Mean-spirited pranks that cause painful injuries, crude sexual and bathroom humor in addition to offensive language leave nothing about this film to recommend.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
20th Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (29) times - Mild 11, Moderate 18

Obscene Language: Many (81) times - f-word 40, s-word 25, other 16

Profanity: Many (19) times - Regular 13 (G-d 1, G 4, J-C1, C1, J 4, Jeez 2); Exclamatory 6

Violence: Many times - Moderate, treated comically (mentally retarded man beats up men; fish hook catches man's lip; dog attacks man and bites his crotch; dog catches on fire and almost electrocuted; boys at school fight with fists; teenager hospitalized after genitals caught in zipper)

Sex: Unconventional sex implied once (married couple, no nudity)

Nudity: Several times (female breast nudity as girl and older woman disrobe at window, photos of bare breasts; boy's clearly shown genitals caught in zipper); Near nudity several times (girl in revealing underwear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (implied self-gratification, many slang references to sexual activity)

Drugs: Few times (smoking and alcohol drinking)

Other: Crude bathroom humor; physically handicapped and mentally retarded people brunt of jokes

Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Young adults

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