Probably better than my rating here suggests. The Cable Guy definitely has merit in its attempts to meld the 90s stalker horror tropes of Single White Female (etc.) with the absurdist caricature comedy of peak-period Carrey. It has a lot to say about the then-zeitgeist of TV consumption, tabloid television & blurring of fantasy & reality, but for me never goes far enough in either direction of comedy or horror.
"Cable Guy" has long been my favorite Jim Carrey comedy vehicle, a movie that crackles with such an offbeat and nervous energy it's halfway remarkable that it got made ("We all get lonely," "Yeah, but I get REALLY lonely"). Only now do I realize how much of this was informed by the aesthetic of The Ben Stiller Show, with its company players elevating the film and allowing Carrey to shine in one of his darkest roles.
Snobbish film enthusiasts discard it quite often, however there's an unspoken comic element with the psychopaths: regardless of the harm they do, you just can't dismiss the hilarity aspect that comes along with some of them. If you still disagree, remember the "Cartman Joins Nambla" episode, The Weepy-Voiced Killer's emergency calls and Jon Lajoie fashion products.
Television does not provide freedom from the harshness of reality; rather, it offers a new set of fetters, which are much harder to escape. Carrey's histrionics may understandably turn off some, but in this classic dark comedy they work as weapons in the arsenal of his movie monster. So many indelible scenes, from the knockabout slapstick of the Medieval Times fight to the ecstasy of the Jefferson Airplane cover.
certain things like the lisp and other small yet specific choices that have psychosexual undertones lend the film another dimension. this is quite a dreamful film with an ok plot that is a bit too long. the ending is disappointing except the very last haunting/genius image the movie ends on.
Wonderful off-beat dark comedy about what happens to the brain when one has watched too many cult shows on T.V. I actually like how Jim Carrey manage to go from an apparent idiot to a more dangerous and crazy psychopath showing that he has an acting range that goes a little beyond the usual comedian.
One of the best movies ever...Jim Carey's acting is just incredible!Adorable movie.The psychology goes hand in hand with pictures & acting.The Drama & Comedy at perfect balance.Having the right crew & right script,I think Ben Stiller proves to be a Master...!*