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Ben Stiller: A Viewer’s Guide
The highs and lows of The Watch star’s career to date

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An unusually gifted actor/director who works hard to avoid being trapped in the goofball ghetto, Ben Stiller is back on our screens this week with The Watch, a sci-fi buddy movie with shades of The ‘Burbs. It’s the kind of riffy ensemble piece that he can probably do his sleep and perhaps not the best canvas to display his talents. His next directorial project, the intriguingly off-beam The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, should see him back to form. In the meantime, here’s a look at the best (and worst) of his career to date.

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ESSENTIAL VIEWING: Zoolander (2001)

Guilty of a crime no worse than being really, really ridiculously good-looking, Derek Zoolander is beset by complications on all sides: a family that doesn’t understand him (“Mer-man pappy. Merman!”), an evil genius who wants to make a patsy of him, and, worst of all, a bitter rival who’s an ambi-turner. But does Derek rail helplessly about the universe and take refuge in his own bottomless vanity? Well, yes, he does. We still kinda love him, with Ben Stiller’s genius for the absurd (see also: Dodgeball) spilling into a raucously silly send-up of the fashion business that plays like The September Issue on helium. Look out for some first-rate eugoogolising, too.

 

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Not a fan really... Good Reality Bites The Cable Guy Zoolander Dodgeball Average There’s Something About Mary Meet the Parents Anchorman Poor Mystery Men The Royal Tenenbaums Meet the Fockers Starsky & Hutch Along Came Polly Night at the Museum 1 and 2 Little Fockers Tower Heist More

Posted by The Moog on Tuesday August 28, 2012, 15:46

2 Tropic Thunder
Not a Stiller fan at all, I generally avoid his films because, he's just not my cup of tea. But, saying that, i LOVE Tropic Thunder with a passion! One of the funniest films ever! Credit where credit is due to the man! I would say it is ESSENTIAL viewing! More

Posted by Rouski on Tuesday August 28, 2012, 12:49

3 Tropic Thunder Essential
I am going to have to respectfully disagree and say Tropic Thunder is essential viewing. More

Posted by zios87 on Saturday August 25, 2012, 15:20

4 White Goodman?
Where is the genius too that is Dodgeball? More

Posted by moviemandan77 on Saturday August 25, 2012, 08:35

5 I like him!
He's got some sort of likeability factor and even though Greenberg was quite a pill to swallow I still liked the film because there are people like that and he made him feel sincere. But yeah! Theres Something About Mary was his biggest for me, an introduction and solid proof that all the zaniness he can still pull off the Straight Man quite well, stupidly well actually More

Posted by kisswithatear on Friday August 24, 2012, 20:32

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Why isn't There's Something About Mary included ???? More

Posted by BurtonWildheart on Friday August 24, 2012, 19:05

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