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* FridgeBrilliance: Chips desire for a true friend, and his EvenEvilHasStandards moment regarding the Sweet Brothers case, is shown to be rooted in his childhood want for a brother.

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** Also notable is "Leave Me Alone", [[Music/AliceInChains Jerry Cantrell's]] debut single as a solo artist- it's only heard over the end credits, but has a somewhat eerie, paranoid mood that suits the darker elements of the film.


* MoodWhiplash: 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 Creator/JimCarrey it would be intensely uncomfortable. When he ratchets his creepy-factor UpToEleven near the last third, it seems almost like a different movie.


* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The highly publicized Stan and Sam Sweet murder trial is clearly inspired by similarly high-profile Menendez brothers trial.


* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: For a dark comedy, this film does at least have one genuinely good moment between the Cable Guy and Steven. At the karaoke party, Steven gives the Cable Guy a speech therapy cassette called "Lose Your Lisp in 30 Days". The Cable Guy is genuinely touched by the gift, possibly even the ''one'' time in his life anyone has shown him any sort of true compassion and thought. For the brief moments afterward, the Cable Guy and Steven could possibly even be considered friends. Of course, everything falls apart shortly after that, but it's still a decently touching moment in an otherwise pitch black film.
* HoYay: Though Chip just desperately wants to be friends with Steven, there are shades of this about his longing.



** Compare Jim Carrey beating up Owen Wilson in a bathroom in this film, to kicking his ''own'' ass in a bathroom in ''Film/LiarLiar''.

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** Compare Jim Carrey Creator/JimCarrey beating up Owen Wilson Creator/OwenWilson in a bathroom in this film, to kicking his ''own'' ass in a bathroom in ''Film/LiarLiar''.''Film/LiarLiar''.
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: For a dark comedy, this film does at least have one genuinely good moment between the Cable Guy and Steven. At the karaoke party, Steven gives the Cable Guy a speech therapy cassette called "Lose Your Lisp in 30 Days". The Cable Guy is genuinely touched by the gift, possibly even the ''one'' time in his life anyone has shown him any sort of true compassion and thought. For the brief moments afterward, the Cable Guy and Steven could possibly even be considered friends. Of course, everything falls apart shortly after that, but it's still a decently touching moment in an otherwise pitch black film.
* HoYay: Though Chip just desperately wants to be friends with Steven, there are shades of this about his longing.


* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Steven's nightmare sequence.


* HilariousInHindsight: Mixed with HilariousInHindsight.



** Just about every single thing that the Cable Guy says about the future of media has some true in the last 20 or so years.

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** Just about every single thing that the Cable Guy says about the future of media has some come true in the last 20 or so years.

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** Gerald Fried's music for the iconic fight sequence of ''Amok Time'' (aka the Decapodian National Anthem) is quite appropriate for the fight in the Medieval Times restaurant, especially because of Chip's insanity.


* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The soundtrack is full of ''great'' mid-90s alternative rock!
** "[[LongTitle Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand]]" by Primitive Radio Gods is just an example.



* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The soundtrack is full of ''great'' mid-90s alternative rock!
** "[[LongTitle Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand]]" by Primitive Radio Gods is just an example.
* HeartwarmingMoments: For a dark comedy, this film does at least have one genuinely good moment between the Cable Guy and Steven. At the karaoke party, Steven gives the Cable Guy a speech therapy cassette called "Lose Your Lisp in 30 Days". The Cable Guy is genuinely touched by the gift, possibly even the ''one'' time in his life anyone has shown him any sort of true compassion and thought. For the brief moments afterward, the Cable Guy and Steven could possibly even be considered friends. Of course, everything falls apart shortly after that, but it's still a decently touching moment in an otherwise pitch black film.

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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The soundtrack is full of ''great'' mid-90s alternative rock!
** "[[LongTitle Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand]]" by Primitive Radio Gods is just an example.
* HeartwarmingMoments:
SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: For a dark comedy, this film does at least have one genuinely good moment between the Cable Guy and Steven. At the karaoke party, Steven gives the Cable Guy a speech therapy cassette called "Lose Your Lisp in 30 Days". The Cable Guy is genuinely touched by the gift, possibly even the ''one'' time in his life anyone has shown him any sort of true compassion and thought. For the brief moments afterward, the Cable Guy and Steven could possibly even be considered friends. Of course, everything falls apart shortly after that, but it's still a decently touching moment in an otherwise pitch black film.



* HilariousInHindsight[=/=]HarsherInHindsight:

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* HilariousInHindsight[=/=]HarsherInHindsight:HilariousInHindsight: Mixed with HilariousInHindsight.
* HarsherInHindsight:



* ValuesDissonance[=/=]ValuesResonance: 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 behavior 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.

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* ValuesDissonance[=/=]ValuesResonance: ValuesDissonance: Mixed with ValuesResonance.
* ValuesResonance:
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 behavior 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.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The highly publicized Stan and Sam Sweet murder trial is clearly inspired by similarly high-profile Menendez brothers trial.


* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The behavior of "Chip Douglas," or whatever his name is, takes on a slightly different tone when you realize that much of his behavior - reciting TV shows, misreading social situations, and blatant scripting ("The future is now!") - are typical of the autism spectrum.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The behavior of "Chip Douglas," or whatever his name is, takes on a slightly different tone when you realize that much of his behavior - -- reciting TV shows, misreading social situations, and blatant scripting ("The future is now!") - -- are typical of the autism spectrum. spectrum.



* JerkassWoobie: Chip Douglas gets ''really'' lonely. I mean, look at him, come ''on.''

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* JerkassWoobie: Chip Douglas gets ''really'' lonely. I mean, look at him, come ''on.''''on''.



* VindicatedByHistory: When it was released in the 90s, ''Cable Guy'' got mixed response from critics and audience alike who thought [[PlayingAgainstType 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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* VindicatedByHistory: When it was released in the 90s, '90s, ''Cable Guy'' got mixed response from critics and audience alike who thought [[PlayingAgainstType it was too far of a departure]] from Carrey's traditional goofball roles. Today, Cable ''Cable Guy'' is regularly brought to the table as one of the best Jim Carrey comedies, and even possibly movies in general in his resume.résumé.
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Partly because Ben Stiller was connected to the alternative comedy scene of the 1990s, there are a number of supporting actors who were virtually unknown at the time but would go on to become much more famous: Creator/JackBlack as Steven's friend, his Music/TenaciousD bandmate Kyle Gass as the couch potato who picks up a book, Creator/BobOdenkirk as a member of Robin's family, Creator/DavidCross in a bit part as a co-worker of Steven's, and Creator/OwenWilson as Robin's rude date who gets beaten up in the bathroom.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Partly because Ben Stiller Creator/BenStiller was connected to the alternative comedy scene of the 1990s, there are a number of supporting actors who were virtually unknown at the time but would go on to become much more famous: Creator/JackBlack as Steven's friend, his Music/TenaciousD bandmate Kyle Gass as the couch potato who picks up a book, Creator/BobOdenkirk as a member of Robin's family, Creator/DavidCross in a bit part as a co-worker of Steven's, and Creator/OwenWilson as Robin's rude date who gets beaten up in the bathroom.


* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/JackBlack, of course, ''and'' his Music/TenaciousD bandmate Kyle Gass.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/JackBlack, Partly because Ben Stiller was connected to the alternative comedy scene of course, ''and'' the 1990s, there are a number of supporting actors who were virtually unknown at the time but would go on to become much more famous: Creator/JackBlack as Steven's friend, his Music/TenaciousD bandmate Kyle Gass.Gass as the couch potato who picks up a book, Creator/BobOdenkirk as a member of Robin's family, Creator/DavidCross in a bit part as a co-worker of Steven's, and Creator/OwenWilson as Robin's rude date who gets beaten up in the bathroom.



%%** "Somebody has to kill the babysitter..."


* MisaimedMarketing: The movie was, of course, pitched in marketing materials as just another wacky Creator/JimCarrey comedy, leaving many an audience shocked to find out that it was in fact a creepy BlackComedy in which Carrey plays an insane stalker.

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* MisaimedMarketing: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj259Pi_vrA The movie was, of course, trailer]] pitched in marketing materials the film as being just another wacky Creator/JimCarrey comedy, leaving which led to many an audience audiences being shocked to find out that it by the unsettling nature of the actual movie. The poster, at least, was in fact a creepy BlackComedy in which Carrey plays an insane stalker.appropriately sinister.

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