PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
A lonely and mentally disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences.
Every cast member of The Ben Stiller Show (1990) appears on-screen during the film at least once. Stiller told Joel Murray, "It's like doing a forty million dollar Ben Stiller Show sketch!" Murray's response was a dubious, "Yeah, okay."
Call it one guy doing another guy a solid.
Steven Kovacs: That is so nice!
Chip Douglas: Well you're a nice guy! You'd be surprised how many customers treat me like snot, like I'm a goddamn plumber or somethin'.
At Steven's parents' house, Steven calls Chip a "bastard" and covers his mouth in shock at what he said. In the next shot, his hand is no longer over his mouth.
The Columbia logo at the beginning of the movie segues into static from Steven's cable TV.
In some video versions, Steven's dream when Chip bust up the door is cut.
$19,806,226 (USA) (16 June 1996)