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movie review - There's Something About Mary

the journal of Michael Werneburg

twenty-seven years and one million words

Toronto, 1998.07.17

This is a screwball comedy designed to teeter at the edge of being too obnoxious. It features a young woman with several suitors of varying character. With semi-plot-related scenes stitched together with scenes of moderately offensive humor it certainly stakes out its own space. Everything about the film, its sets and the seemingly endless sunshine included, supports a story that doesn't take itself too seriously and lets its gross comedy strut its stuff. There's not a lot else to say; the best of the suitors prevails in a satisfying fashion (he wins the girl through earning the respect of her handicapped brother) and we see the last of the rest of the creeps.

Recommended.

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