There's Something About Mary ★★★

weirdly astute about the proximity of ‘normal’ masculine heterosexuality to the deranged and psychopathic but never really pushes beyond a childish fascination with the grotesque and awkward to get at any kind of real affect. that’s not to say there isn’t genuine cleverness in the joke construction, because there’s plenty of that (the constantly rearranging thicket of lies and manipulations is almost screwball-ish), and of course it’s refreshing in 2019 to watch a comedy where there are actual jokes, instead of commentaries on jokes or deconstructions of jokes or what have you. i had an okay time, even if there’s not much there there: this plays so abrasive even in the highly telegraphed moments of sentiment that it kinda deflates its own impact

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