In years to come, Jim Carrey will be recognised as having something that nobody right now knows how to categorise. Sure, he's annoyed us all, made us chuckle at times and shake our heads at others, he's played lowest common denominator characters and characters that will live on in the minds of many. Enigma? Nah. Smart guy.He has a path. He goes low, makes his cash and gets his development deals, then he goes highbrow. Hit 'em with Ace Ventura and Dumb and Dumber, then knock out a Truman Show and a Man On The Moon.
The Cable Guy is somewhere in the middle. An experiement in comedy. Hit and miss, dark and disturbing, uncommercial, but aiming somewhere much deeper than Ace Ventura ever could.
Carrey is a rampantly weird cable guy who "befriends" Matthew Broderick, taking over his life and driving Broderick half insane. It is funny, sometimes very much so, but the problem Carrey had with this film is that nobody knew what to make of it, and everybody expected it to be Ace Ventura 3.
Debutant director Ben Stiller showed a flair for constructing a good comedy feature, and set a dark tone that gave this film much more artistic respect than the formulaic Carrey efforts like Liar Liar, but it just wasn't dark enough to be acceptable. The Cable Guy just covers too many genres and none of them to any kind of decent level.Misunderstood, misread and ultimately not-Liar Liar enough for the masses - but still a pretty funny dark comedy.