英文名：The Cable Guy
类型：剧情 喜剧 惊秫
导演：本·斯蒂勒 Ben Stiller
演员：马修·布鲁德里克 Matthew Broderick
吉姆·凯瑞 Jim Carrey
詹尼安·吉劳法罗 Janeane Garofalo
埃里克·罗伯茨 Eric Roberts
乔治·西格尔 George Segal
本·斯蒂勒 Ben Stiller
在向女友Robin Harris 求婚失败后，Steven M. Kovacs 搬进了自己的公寓。听取了他的朋友Rick建议，Steven
贿赂有线电视修理工Ernie "Chip" Douglas，给他免费的电影频道，在修理完Steven
Chip 把Steven 带到负责发送电视信号的卫星天线那里。Steven 把他与Robin 之间的问题告诉了Chip，Chip 建议他向Robin
承认自己的错误，并邀请她来看电影《西雅图夜未眠Sleepless in Seattle》......
After a failed marriage proposal to his girlfriend Robin Harris, Steven M.
Kovacs moves into his own apartment. Taking advice from his friend Rick, Steven
bribes cable guy, Ernie "Chip" Douglas, to give him free movie channels, which
he does, after fixing Steven's television and trying to find the electrical
problem behind the wall while muttering sexual innuendos. Chip gets Steven to
hang out with him the next day in the local satellite dish and makes him one of
his "preferred customers".
Chip takes Steven to the satellite dish responsible for sending out television
signals. Steven tells his problems with Robin to Chip, who advises him to admit
his faults to Robin and invite her over to watch Sleepless in Seattle. Steven
takes Chip's advice, and Robin agrees to watch the movie with him. Chip begins
acting more suspiciously, running into Steven and his friends at the gym (Chip
amuses Steven and his cohorts by destroying the backboard of the basketball
hoop) and leaving several messages on Steven's answering machine. When Robin
arrives to watch the movie, the cable is out, due to Chip, who intentionally
sabotaged Steven's cable. Chip fixes the cable under the condition that they
hang out again, to which Steven agrees.
Chip takes Steven to Medieval Times, where Chip imitates Hannibal Lecter by
covering his face with turkey skin and arranges for them to battle in the arena,
referencing the Star Trek episode "Amok Time". Chip behaves aggressively, nearly
killing Steven, who eventually bests him in combat. When they arrive at Steven's
home, Chip reveals that he's installed an expensive home theater system in his
living room, which includes a television and a karaoke machine.
Chip and Steven later host a party attended by Chip's "preferred customers"
(mostly elderly citizens). Chip sings the song "Somebody to Love" by Jefferson
Airplane (clearly a reference to Chip's emotional desire for human contact) on
the karaoke machine. Steven decides to enjoy the party and with Chip's help,
Steven sleeps with a young party guest named Heather, who later Chip reveals is
a prostitute and Steven throws Chip out.
Chip tracks down Robin, who is on a date with another man. Chip enters wearing
a crudely fashioned disguise consisting of a mustache and sunglasses. When the
man goes to the bathroom, Chip severely beats him while using puns about
"freshening up" and tells him to stay away from Robin. He later upgrades Robin's
cable, saying that it is on Steven, as well as telling Robin an anecdote about a
loved one who died as a result of poor relationship communication. Robin decides
to get back together with Steven as a result.
However, Steven tells Chip that they cannot be friends, which sets a hurt Chip
on a series of vengeful acts. He gets Steven arrested for possession of stolen
property at the moment that Steven makes a big business deal. During his time in
jail, he is visited by his parents and Chip, who mocks him through a prison
visitation window. Steven tries to alert a guard about Chip, but the guard is
one of Chip's "preferred customers" and thus does not react. After a weekend of
humiliation, Steven is released on bail.
During a dinner with his family and Robin, Steven is horrified to see Chip in
attendance. Steven tells him to leave, but Chip tells him to play along or he
will show everyone a picture of Steven with the prostitute. The evening goes
from bad to worse when Chip manipulates the family, tells several bad jokes, and
eventually pushes Steven too far by playing a sexualized version of the game
show Password with the rest of the family. Steven flies into a rant about Chip's
true intentions but nobody believes him. Chip whispers something disturbing
about Robin into Steven's ear, which results in Steven punching Chip in the
face, shocking everyone else. Chip complies and leaves, feigning depression.
Steven is fired from his job the next day when Chip sends out a video of Steven
insulting his boss that was recorded on a hidden camera in his apartment.
Steven has a nightmare about Chip breaking down his door and chasing him out
of the window in the middle of the night, with eerie green eyes. After doing
some investigating, Rick tells Steven that Chip has been fired from the cable
company for stalking customers, and uses the names of television characters as
aliases such as Chip Douglas from My Three Sons and Larry Tate from Bewitched.
Chip calls Steven that night, telling him he is paying Robin a visit. After
visiting Robin's empty apartment, Steven tracks them down to the satellite dish,
where Chip holds Robin hostage in a rainstorm.
After a physical altercation and a chase, Steven is able to save Robin. As the
police arrive, Chip goes into a speech on how he was raised by television and
apologizes to Steven for being a bad friend. Chip dives backwards from the top
of a ladder above the satellite dish, falling onto it and knocking out the
television signal to the entire town, just as the verdict in a highly publicised
trial similar to the "Lyle and Erik Menendez" killing is about to be revealed.
One viewer, realising that his television is unfixable, decides to read a book
Ben Stiller portrays the killer, a former child star in a fictional sitcom
about twins. The murder trial has several references prior to this scene,
including a cheesy commercial about a sensationalized docudrama based on the
trial which bears resemblance to sketches from The Ben Stiller Show, as well as
a news clip which replays Stiller's phony call to 911 following the murder of
his identical twin brother.
Chip survives the fall and avoids the satellite's middle spike, much to his
dismay, and injures his back. As Steven and Robin reunite, Steven forgives Chip
and asks for his real name. Chip jokingly replies "Ricky Ricardo". Chip is then
taken to the hospital in a helicopter, while the I Love Lucy theme plays in the
background. When one of the paramedics addresses him as "buddy", Chip asks the
paramedic if he is truly his buddy, to which the paramedic replies "Yeah, sure
you are", causing Chip to smile deviously, hinting that the paramedic is about
to be his next victim.
马修·布鲁德里克 Matthew Broderick .... Steven M. Kovacs
吉姆·凯瑞 Jim Carrey .... The Cable Guy
詹尼安·吉劳法罗 Janeane Garofalo .... Medieval Waitress
埃里克·罗伯茨 Eric Roberts .... Eric Roberts
Diane Baker .... Steven's Mother
Bill Clinton .... Himself (uncredited) (archive footage)
乔治·西格尔 George Segal .... Steven's Father
本·斯蒂勒 Ben Stiller .... Sam Sweet/Stan Sweet
Robert Lyon Rasner .... Serf #3 (uncredited)
安迪·迪克 Andy Dick .... Medieval Host
Kathy Griffin .... Cable Boy's Mother
莱斯莉·曼恩 Leslie Mann .... Robin Harris
欧文·威尔逊 Owen Wilson .... Robin's Date
Aki Aleong .... Karaoke Party Guest
Carlo Allen .... Sam Sweet Court Judge