History Film / TheCableGuy

20th Aug '17 6:34:18 PM NWolfman
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* NewMediaAreEvil: PlayedForLaughs. The movie doesn't outright say that television is evil, but it does take shots at the sensationalist trash programing it often boasts, not to mention the titular cable guy's mental instability being largely due to his inattentive mother jut letting him watch TV all day as a kid. In the end, when everyone's cable goes out, one disappointed viewer happily picks up a book and starts reading it.
20th Aug '17 6:27:39 PM NWolfman
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''The Cable Guy'' is a 1996 BlackComedy film directed by Creator/BenStiller, written by Creator/JuddApatow[[note]]He later claimed that most of the screenplay was rewritten without his permission, which he was not happy about.[[/note]], and starring Creator/JimCarrey, Creator/MatthewBroderick and Apatow's future wife Creator/LeslieMann.

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''The Cable Guy'' is a 1996 BlackComedy film directed by Creator/BenStiller, written by Creator/JuddApatow[[note]]He later claimed that most of the screenplay was rewritten without his permission, which he was not happy about.[[/note]], Creator/JuddApatow, and starring Creator/JimCarrey, Creator/MatthewBroderick and Apatow's future wife Creator/LeslieMann.
20th Aug '17 6:25:17 PM NWolfman
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''The Cable Guy'' is a 1996 BlackComedy film directed by Creator/BenStiller, written by Creator/JuddApatow, and starring Creator/JimCarrey and Creator/MatthewBroderick.

After his girlfriend Robin (Creator/LeslieMann) flips out and gives him the boot, Steven Kovacs (Broderick) gets the very last thing he needed to fill the new void: an incredibly bizarre cable installer named Chip Douglas (Carrey) who latches on and insinuates himself into Steven's life. To his credit, Chip does lots of favors for Steven, up to and including helping him win back Robin, but his odd, off-putting and sometimes illicit behavior (including buying Steven a prostitute and then making it up to him by beating the crap out of Robin's date, and later getting him an overelaborate entertainment system via "connections"... which ends up being stolen) proves too much to take and Steven eventually has to tell him to take a hike. Things quickly turn sour after that, and Steven finds out just how weird his "pal" really is when Chip begins stalking him and pulling various strings to try and ruin his life.

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''The Cable Guy'' is a 1996 BlackComedy film directed by Creator/BenStiller, written by Creator/JuddApatow, Creator/JuddApatow[[note]]He later claimed that most of the screenplay was rewritten without his permission, which he was not happy about.[[/note]], and starring Creator/JimCarrey Creator/JimCarrey, Creator/MatthewBroderick and Creator/MatthewBroderick.

Apatow's future wife Creator/LeslieMann.

After his girlfriend Robin (Creator/LeslieMann) (Mann) flips out and gives him the boot, Steven Kovacs (Broderick) gets the very last thing he needed to fill the new void: an incredibly bizarre cable installer named Chip Douglas (Carrey) who latches on and insinuates himself into Steven's life. To his credit, Chip does lots of favors for Steven, up to and including helping him win back Robin, but his odd, off-putting and sometimes illicit behavior (including buying Steven a prostitute and then making it up to him by beating the crap out of Robin's date, and later getting him an overelaborate entertainment system via "connections"... which ends up being stolen) proves too much to take and Steven eventually has to tell him to take a hike. Things quickly turn sour after that, and Steven finds out just how weird his "pal" really is when Chip begins stalking him and pulling various strings to try and ruin his life.
3rd Aug '17 10:17:01 PM JoeP
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-->'''Chip:''' I learned the facts of life...from watching ''[[Series/TheFactsOfLife]]''!

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-->'''Chip:''' I learned the facts of life...from watching ''[[Series/TheFactsOfLife]]''!''Series/TheFactsOfLife''!
3rd Aug '17 10:15:22 PM JoeP
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-->'''Chip:''' I learned the facts of life...from watching ''The Facts of Life''!

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-->'''Chip:''' I learned the facts of life...from watching ''The Facts of Life''!''[[Series/TheFactsOfLife]]''!
3rd Aug '17 10:11:16 PM JoeP
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-->'''Chip:''' I learned the facts of life...from watching ''The Facts of Life''!
30th Jul '17 9:20:50 AM AnotherGamer
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* FreudianExcuse: Chip's mother was so neglectful that he was practically raised by television.



* FreudianExcuse: Chip's mother was so neglectful that he was practically raised by television.
6th Apr '17 8:16:41 PM BurgerLord
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* BeingEvilSucks: Chip implies that he feels this.
--> '''Steven''': You don't have to [[DrivenToSuicide do this]]! We all get lonely!
--> '''Chip''': Yeah. But I get ''really'' lonely. I mean, look at me, come ''on''!
23rd Mar '17 11:49:03 AM AndyLA
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After his girlfriend Robin (Creator/LeslieMann) flips out and gives him the boot, Steven Kovacs (Broderick) gets the very last thing he needed to fill the new void: an incredibly bizarre cable installer named Chip (Carrey) who latches on and insinuates himself into Steven's life. To his credit, Chip does lots of favors for Steven, up to and including helping him win back Robin, but his odd, off-putting and sometimes illicit behavior (including buying Steven a prostitute and then making it up to him by beating the crap out of Robin's date, and later getting him an overelaborate entertainment system via "connections"... which ends up being stolen) proves too much to take and Steven eventually has to tell him to take a hike. Things quickly turn sour after that, and Steven finds out just how weird his "pal" really is when Chip begins stalking him and pulling various strings to try and ruin his life.

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After his girlfriend Robin (Creator/LeslieMann) flips out and gives him the boot, Steven Kovacs (Broderick) gets the very last thing he needed to fill the new void: an incredibly bizarre cable installer named Chip Douglas (Carrey) who latches on and insinuates himself into Steven's life. To his credit, Chip does lots of favors for Steven, up to and including helping him win back Robin, but his odd, off-putting and sometimes illicit behavior (including buying Steven a prostitute and then making it up to him by beating the crap out of Robin's date, and later getting him an overelaborate entertainment system via "connections"... which ends up being stolen) proves too much to take and Steven eventually has to tell him to take a hike. Things quickly turn sour after that, and Steven finds out just how weird his "pal" really is when Chip begins stalking him and pulling various strings to try and ruin his life.



* PrisonRape: Based on their come-on lines to Stephen, it's implied the other prisoners want to do this.
* ReferenceOverdosed: Considering that one of the main characters is a guy who's profession it is to install a source of entertainment, it's no surprise that there's an inordinate amount of TV show and movie name-dropping, but this one is unique in that it's actually a ''plot point.''

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* PrisonRape: Based on their come-on lines to Stephen, Steven, it's implied the other prisoners want to do this.
* ReferenceOverdosed: Considering that one of the main characters is a guy who's whose profession it is to install a source of entertainment, it's no surprise that there's an inordinate amount of TV show and movie name-dropping, but this one is unique in that it's actually a ''plot point.''
23rd Mar '17 11:44:43 AM AndyLA
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* MadeOfIron: Chip, apparently, since he survives a drop over the tower above the satellite dish onto the dish itself, flipping twice in mid air and landing on his back, just inches away from the needle protruding from the dish. He does break his back, however, although the fall would likely kill or at least mortally cripple someone in real life. Oddly enough, this element seems like a parody of ''Film/GoldenEye'' as well, as the guy who fell in that movie didn't die from the fall, either.

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* MadeOfIron: Chip, apparently, since he survives a drop over the tower above the satellite dish onto the dish itself, flipping twice in mid air and landing on his back, just inches away from the needle protruding from the dish. He does break his back, however, although the fall would likely kill or at least mortally cripple someone in real life. Oddly enough, this element seems like a parody of ''Film/GoldenEye'' as well, as the guy who fell in that movie Janus/[[spoiler:Alec Trevelyan]] didn't die from the fall, either.
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