Co-directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly and co-written by Ed Decter, John J. Strauss and the Farrelly brothers, ‘There’s Something About Mary’ is a comedy about four men — Ted Stroehmann, Pat Healy, Dom Woganowski and Tucker Phipps – who try to woo and win the heart of the titular Mary. The film stars Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Lee Evans and Chris Elliott as the four men and Cameron Diaz, who portrays Mary. It is shot by Canadian cinematographer Mark Irwin, edited by English film editor Christopher Greenbury and the score is composed by Jonathan Richman, who doubles up as the narrator.
The film is regarded as a fresh piece of work in the genre of comedy and helped actors Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz establish themselves in Hollywood. It was especially quite important for Stiller’s career, as he realized his inner comedic genius. ‘There’s Something About Mary’ earned highly positive reviews from critics. Roger Ebert, in his review, wrote “What a blessed relief is laughter. It flies in the face of manners, values, political correctness and decorum. It exposes us for what we are, the only animal with a sense of humour.” On the commercial front, it was immensely profitable. Against a budget of $23 million, it earned a massive $369.9 million, thus becoming one of the highest grossing ventures of 1998.
‘There’s Something About Mary’ isn’t just a critically acclaimed film. It has been widely considered as one of the best comedies, with American Film Institute inducting it in its list of “100 Years…100 Laughs”, which essentially established its legacy. For this article, I have taken into account films that follow similar narrative structures as this one. So, without further ado, here is the list of best movies similar to ‘There’s Something About Mary’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘There’s Something About Mary’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime
8. Wedding Crashers (2005)
The late 90s and early 2000s saw a decline in R-rated comedies as studios and filmmakers wanted a larger section of the audience. Filmmaker David Dobkin and actors Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn helped revive the genre with the romantic comedy ‘Wedding Crashers’. The film follows John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of womanizers who discreetly sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic atmosphere and attract women. However, their brilliant plan seems to start falling apart after one of the friends, John, falls for the trap by falling in love with a woman named Claire Cleary. With Wilson and Vaughn brilliantly essaying the roles of the companions and Rachel McAdams playing the role of the appealing Claire Cleary, ‘Wedding Crashers’ received highly positive reviews. It was also a profitable venture as it grossed $285.2 million against a budget of $40 million.
7. Set It Up (2018)