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YMMV: The Cable Guy
  • Ho Yay: Though Chip just desperately wants to be friends with Steven, there are shades of this about his longing.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Chip Douglas gets really lonely. I mean, look at him, come on.
  • Misaimed Marketing: The movie was, of course, pitched in marketing materials as just another wacky Jim Carrey comedy, leaving many an audience shocked to find out that it was in fact a creepy Black Comedy in which Carrey plays an insane stalker.
  • Mood Whiplash: The movie can never decide if the title character is funny-creepy or scary-creepy. He spends an inordinate amount of time being the first, whereas if he were played by anyone other than Jim Carrey it would be intensely uncomfortable. When he ratchets his creepy-factor Up to Eleven near the last third, it seems almost like a different movie.
  • Paranoia Fuel
  • Tear Jerker: When Steven retrieves Robin from Chip after a struggle atop of a satellite dish, all Chip has to say after the fact is "I just wanted to be your friend! .....but I screwed it up." His confused, heartbroken face tells the whole story.
  • Values Dissonance / Values Resonance: A very interesting example: in the Netherlands, many critics interpreted and even recommended the film as a psychological gay drama. Possibly because homosexuality is widely accepted in the country (so interpreting Chip's stalker behaviour as romantic love isn't weird — rather, it's dramatic), and because the comedy style is somewhat similar to Dutch surrealist drama as a genre.
  • Vindicated by History: When it was released in the 90s, Cable Guy got mixed response from critics and audience alike who thought it was too far of departure from Carrey's traditional goofball roles. Today, Cable is regularly brought to the table as one of the best Jim Carrey comedies, and even possibly movies in general in his resume.

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