Trivia / The Cable Guy

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Done by Chip (and possibly the writers of the film too). He exclaims "Dry land is not a myth! I've seen it!" and then cites the quote as "Kevin Costner, Waterworld." Of course, this line is never actually spoken in Waterworld at any point, and Costner's character even says the exact opposite thing. Made even more grating because he immediately brags about having watched the movie several times.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: For a film that came out (in the grand scheme of things) rather recently and a "late night movie" staple on cable, finding a widescreen version of this film is remarkably difficult. It was one of Sony's first films to come to DVD in the late 90s, as a Vanillia Edition two-sided disc with a widescreen version on one side and pan-and-scan on the other. Several years later, Sony it into a single-sided disc which used the pan-and-scan side that overrode the flipper disc almost everywhere. After being the sole digital release of the film for years, in 2011, Sony put out a more comprehensive Blu-ray release of the film with a widescreen transfer. That release randomly went out of print in 2015 and goes for high prices on auction sites, putting a release of the film in proper aspect ratio in limbo yet again.
  • Life Imitates Art: Some of the Cable Guy's predictions about what cable will do for the future came true.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Averted. Carrey still uses the same rubbery-faced schtick in this movie that made him famous, only in the context of a manic Stalker Without A Crush rather than a living cartoon character like in Ace Ventura and The Mask, showing just how easily Carrey's signature style can be played up as creepy rather than funny.
    • And played straight with Jack Black as a completely normal, low key guy.
  • Playing with Character Type: Carrey is just as zany and over-the-top as always, but it's done in part to demonstrate just how mentally disturbed Chip is rather than strictly for humour.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The Nineties. The entire plot of the film centers around the already late Old Media Are Evil trope as a plot device, all the while Ren and Stimpy blares from television sets, Grunge mostly sets the mood for the soundtrack, and the "information superhighway" is stealthily taking public interest by storm.
  • Vindicated by Cable
  • What Could Have Been: The role of Chip was originally written with Chris Farley in mind, but he declined due to schedule conflicts.

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