This weekend, Peter and Bobby Farrelly direct the husbands-on-a-break comedy Hall Pass. We decided to look back on the movie that brought the Farrellys’ particular brand of feel-good gross-out humor into the American zeitgeist. There’s Something About Mary was the sleeper hit of 1998, spending most of the summer slowly rising higher on the box office top 10. It kickstarted the careers of stars Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller. But 12 years later, has the movie aged well?
Keith Staskiewicz: This movie really makes you realize that there is a big difference between being “offensive” and being truly offensive. Sure, there’s endless political incorrectness and gross-out visual gags, but there’s an actual heart behind it. Now, look at something like The Ugly Truth or Bride Wars. There’s certainly less, um, bodily effluvia, but at their cores, those movies are as morally blackened and shriveled as Mr. Burns’ heart. There’s a certain joy in a Farrelly Brothers movie that makes you realize just how mean-spirited a lot of rom-coms actually are. READ FULL STORY »