The Cable Guy

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The Movie: The Cable Guy

Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime

The Pitch: Oddball cable installer Chip Douglas (Jim Carrey) attempts to strike up a friendship with customer Steven Kovacs (Matthew Broderick) by offering him premium channels at no cost. When Steven rebuffs Chip’s frequent need for companionship, Chip goes from a mildly eccentric acquaintance to a full-fledged psycho stalker. Though it’s increasingly apparent to Steven that the cable guy is dangerous, convincing his friends, family and the authorities of that isn’t so easy

Why It’s Essential Viewing: The zany Jim Carrey of the 90s recently made a resurgence as Dr. Robotnik in Sonic the Hedgehog, and he’s been giving us the darker side of comedy with Kidding on Showtime. But maybe you’d like to go back to a time when Jim Carrey’s darker tendencies first mixed with his over-the-top comedic antics from movies Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Mask. Look no further than The Cable Guy, the sophomore feature from director Ben Stiller with the sole screenplay written by Lou Holtz Jr., and a lot more famous faces than you probably remember. Read More »


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