Saturday Matinee: The Cable Guy


“The Cable Guy” (1996) is a dark satire written by Judd Apatow and directed by Ben Stiller which straddles the line between comedy and psychological thriller. Jim Carrey (still in the midst of his rapid rise to fame) stars as Chip Douglas who, after setting up free cable for Steven (Matthew Broderick) begins to behave in increasingly comical yet unsettling and stalker-like behavior to attach himself to his new “friend”. The film features metacommentary on Hollywood narrative tropes while effectively using them in the service of a cautionary tale about mass-media obsession and social alienation.

Watch the full film here.

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3 Responses to Saturday Matinee: The Cable Guy

  1. Heather Awen says:

    I never understood why people didn’t like this movie. It’s his best movie aside from eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. I thought it was hysterical and just a little off to make it seem like an art-house movie. Oh, maybe I just realize why other people didn’t like the movie LOL! Thank you again for finding things for everybody !

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