There's Something About Mary

There's Something About Mary
After a disastrous prom night, Ted and Mary went their separate ways. Years later, Ted, who is still in love with Mary, convinces Pat Healy to track her down. Things go awry, however, when Pat falls in love with Mary and is determined to capture her heart. Will Ted win her love? Who else is he in competition with? Here are a few movie mistakes to look for while watching “There’s Something About Mary”.

ˑ During the painful prom night bathroom scene, the policeman is shown, in the wide view, rolling up his right shirt sleeve and then begins rolling up the left one. The scene then cuts to a close-up view of him with Mary’s parents and the firefighter and the police officer is still rolling up his right sleeve and then begins to unbutton and roll up his left sleeve again.

ˑ Pat is sitting on the sofa talking to Mary and Magda while holding the dog. In the wide view of the three of them, Pat is cradling the dog with its head on the middle part of Pat’s arm. Pat’s hand is on the lower part of the dog. But in the next close-up view of Pat, he’s holding the dog’s head with his left hand. It switches back to the original position in the next wide view and then to the other when it cuts back to the close-up.

ˑ Pat is playing flag football with Warren and his friends. When Pat has the ball, Warren is chasing him. There are several red flags hanging from Warren but when he falls to the ground, the flags are now gone.

ˑ When Ted and Dom see Mary outside on the steps for the first time, Ted says “Mary?”. The front view of Mary and Warren shows a man in a navy blue suit who turns and starts down the steps behind Warren. The scene cuts back to Ted who asks “Is that you?”. That’s followed by another front view of Mary and Warren and the same man in the suit begins to walk down the steps again.

ˑ Ted is in the bathroom when Mary knocks at the door. When he yells “wait a second”, he’s holding a white towel in his right hand (in the side/close-up view). But in the next wide view of him, his hand is empty.

ˑ Near the end of the movie, Mary runs out to give Ted his keys. The way Mary is holding the rabbit’s foot changes between views. In the front view, she’s holding on to the entire foot where it can barely be seen. But in the following rear view, she’s holding it near the bottom.

“There’s Something About Mary” (1998) stars Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Lee Evans, Chris Elliott, Lin Shaye and Jeffrey Tambor. It runs 119 minutes and is rated R for strong comic sexual content and language.

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