History Film / TheCableGuy

14th May '18 6:00:06 PM Fireblood
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* DisneyVillainDeath: Averted. Chip lets himself drop, hoping he will get impaled on the antenna's tip, but misses. His reaction to that is along the lines of "dammit, I pulled an EpicFail!".

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* DisappearedDad: Chip was raised by a neglectful mother alone (well, mostly by the TV), and his father never appears in the flashbacks we see. Given what we've seen, his mother was pretty promiscuous, and possibly isn't aware of who it even was.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Averted. Chip lets himself drop, hoping he will get impaled on the antenna's tip, but misses. His reaction to that is along the lines of "dammit, "Dammit, I pulled an EpicFail!".
14th May '18 12:02:26 PM Fireblood
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-->'''Melinda''': Dude, I've got a lot of tables.
[[note]]In fact people did use knives while eating in the medieval era. They were the only utensils.[[/note]]

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-->'''Melinda''': Dude, I've got a lot of tables.
tables.[[note]]In fact people did use knives while eating in the medieval era. They were the only utensils.[[/note]]



* ShowWithinAShow: ''Double Trouble'', which has a looming presence throughout the movie, due to the closing trial of former child actor Sam Sweet for shooting his twin brother Stan. Also ''Brother, Sweet Brother'', a "movie of the week" cashing on the trial's media circus (and starring Eric Roberts as [[ActingForTwo both Sweet brothers]]).

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* ShowWithinAShow: ''Double Trouble'', which has a looming presence throughout the movie, due to the closing trial of former child actor Sam Sweet for shooting his twin brother Stan. Also ''Brother, Sweet Brother'', a "movie of the week" cashing in on the trial's media circus (and starring Eric Roberts as [[ActingForTwo both Sweet brothers]]).



* StalkerWithoutACrush: Chip Douglas. He just wants to be Steven's friend, and he will do ''anything'' (even putting Steven in jail and beating the crap out of someone dating Steven's girlfriend) to be on that role...

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* StalkerWithoutACrush: Chip Douglas. He just wants to be Steven's friend, and he will do ''anything'' (even putting Steven in jail and beating the crap out of someone dating Steven's girlfriend) to be on that role...
14th May '18 12:00:26 PM Fireblood
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[[note]]In fact people did use knives while eating in the medieval era. They were the only utensils.[[/note]]
2nd Feb '18 5:19:31 PM nombretomado
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* CharacterNameAlias [=/=]IHaveManyNames: His name isn't really [[MyThreeSons Chip Douglas]]. Or [[Series/{{Bewitched}} Larry Tate]]. Or [[Series/ILoveLucy Ricky Ricardo]]. Or [[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons George Jetson]]. Or even [[Series/LaverneAndShirley The Big Ragu]].

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* CharacterNameAlias [=/=]IHaveManyNames: His name isn't really [[MyThreeSons [[Series/MyThreeSons Chip Douglas]]. Or [[Series/{{Bewitched}} Larry Tate]]. Or [[Series/ILoveLucy Ricky Ricardo]]. Or [[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons George Jetson]]. Or even [[Series/LaverneAndShirley The Big Ragu]].
14th Jan '18 12:55:32 PM nombretomado
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* CharacterNameAlias [=/=]IHaveManyNames: His name isn't really [[MyThreeSons Chip Douglas]]. Or [[Series/{{Bewitched}} Larry Tate]]. Or [[Series/ILoveLucy Ricky Ricardo]]. Or [[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons George Jetson]]. Or even [[LaverneAndShirley The Big Ragu]].

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* CharacterNameAlias [=/=]IHaveManyNames: His name isn't really [[MyThreeSons Chip Douglas]]. Or [[Series/{{Bewitched}} Larry Tate]]. Or [[Series/ILoveLucy Ricky Ricardo]]. Or [[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons George Jetson]]. Or even [[LaverneAndShirley [[Series/LaverneAndShirley The Big Ragu]].
6th Jan '18 5:00:44 PM nombretomado
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[[IThoughtThatWas Has nothing to do with]] Creator/LarryTheCableGuy.

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[[IThoughtThatWas [[JustForFun/IThoughtThatWas Has nothing to do with]] Creator/LarryTheCableGuy.
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''!
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