Jim Carrey is Chip Douglas, cable installer. Raised on television sitcoms, he wants life to look just like My Three Sons. And when he meets single guy Steven Kovacs (Matthew Broderick), he sees his chance for some serious male bonding. But Chip's idea of friendship - which includes physical assault, a game of 'Porno Password' and a medieval joust - may be hazardous to Steven's health. In Chip's own immortal words, "I can be your best friend... or your worst enemy."
During filming of the scene in which the Cable Guy (Jim Carrey) plays basketball, it was discovered that Carrey could barely dribble a basketball, much less make a basket. Director Ben Stiller had Carrey mimed the action without a ball and visual effects technicians added the basketball in post-production.
Although Judd Apatow only received a credit as producer he also was one of the film's writers. He was denied a screenwriting credit by the Writers Guild of America and challenged the ruling, claiming that he wrote much of the movie's dialogue and many of the scenes. The novelization restores his credit as writer of the film.
Every cast member of The Ben Stiller Show appears on screen during the film at least once.
Jim Carrey was paid 20 million dollars for his work in this film - a new record.
When The Cable Guy is assaulting Robin's date (Owen Wilson) he throws him into the wall while saying "That's gotta hurt, Gene". He is referring to Wrestling announcer 'Mean' Gene Okerlund.
Some of the Cable Guy's predictions about what cable will do for the future came true. Like having the Internet, phone and TV through cable. And that we'll have the ability to play video games online.
Originally Ben Stiller was set to play "The Cable Guy" however a week into filming, Stiller found it difficult to direct and act at the same time. So he decided to recast the role.
Chip Douglas: You were never there for me were you mother? You expected Mike and Carol Brady to raise me! I'm the bastard son of Claire Huxtable! I am a Lost Cunningham! I learned the facts of life from watching The Facts of Life! Oh God!
Rick: Look, Chip Douglas, I don't know what your story is, but I'm going to find out!
Chip Douglas: Well, don't dig to deep or you might get burnt by the molten lava!
The Cable Guy: Women are a labyrinth, my friend. Can I be frank? I don't think you listen to her. I think you tell her what she wants to hear. She wants you to thirst for knowledge about who she is, all the complicated splendor that is women. When your love is truly giving, it will come back to you ten fold.
Steven Kovacs: You're right. That's incredibly insightful.
The Cable Guy: I know. It was Jerry Springer's final thought on Friday's show..
Chip Douglas: Free cable is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
Chip Douglas: You know what the trouble about real life is? There's no danger music.
Steven: I asked my girlfriend to marry me and she asked me to move out.
The movie goes in one direction and the cable guy goes in another, and by the end we aren't really looking forward to seeing Jim Carrey re-appear on the screen. Note to the producers: There's an old showbiz saying that``satire is what closes on Saturday night.'' To which could be added another: ``Black comedy is not what you pay someone $20 million to do.'' Reviewed by: Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times.
A twisted comedy about TV addiction. Teens OK. Parents need to know that Chip flashes back on a childhood where he was neglected by his mom and abandoned by his father. Chip was raised by TV, and embodies all the warnings about what too much TV does to people: he becomes a sociopath, stealing, lying, blackmailing, and manipulating because he doesn't know how to have relationships. There's also considerable comic violence in this film, including people getting beat up and the main characters brandish swords and battle axes and joust at a medieval-themed restaurant. A character threatens suicide and jumps, but doesn't die. Reviewed by: Heather Boerner of Common Sense Media.
Carrey runs riot, and Stiller won't stop him. Reviewed by: Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.
Consistently funny (in an intensely uncomfortable way). Reviewed by: Rob Gonsalves of eFilm Critic.