Alienation and isolation in Ben Stiller’s The Cable Guy

Revisit a classic scene from the Zoolander 2 star and director’s misunderstood mid-’90s comedy.

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Adam Cook

From Ben Stiller’s uncomfortable black comedy, The Cable Guy, the paranoid Steven (Matthew Broderick) peers through his peephole during a nightmare to find Jim Carrey’s delusional Chip, a Rupert Pupkin-like figure raised by television and now seen through his own distorted screen as a star performer. Divided by a door that represents the privacy Chip invades, he and Steven are actually flip sides of an American condition of alienation and isolation.

Published 15 Feb 2016

Tags: Ben Stiller Jim Carrey

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