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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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RECOMMENDED: Reality Bites (1994)

Ben Stiller’s first directorial gig was a much more auspicious affair than his second, the much-maligned (arguably unfairly so) The Cable Guy. Despite initial studio misgivings of this piece, the end result distilled more than enough Gen X zeitgeist to allay fears of a pale Singles impersonator. It’s one of those ‘time and place’ movies but its nicely barbed dialogue (“I’m a non-practising virgin”), coming-of-age crises and impromptu slabs of ‘My Sharona’ make it a pleasure to revisit. Kudos keep to Stiller for canny casting – Ryder and Ethan Hawke are great as the flirty hipsters – and amid all the showier turns, for turning in a controlled performance as the pointy end of the love triangle.
 

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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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