Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Stars: Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon
Plot: Ted was a geek in high school, who was going to go to the prom with one of the most popular girls in school, Mary. The prom date never happened, because Ted had a very unusual accident. Thirteen years later he realizes he is still in love with Mary, so he hires a private investigator to track her down who also falls in love with her.
Dropping Ted on the stretcher wasn't scripted. When it happened, they cut to make sure Ben Stiller was okay and then thought it was so funny they left it in.
Lee Evans' British accent in the movie was characterized by a film critic as quite possibly the worst fake British accent in a movie he had ever heard. Lee Evans' is in fact British. However the accent he used in this film was overly exaggerated for the role.
After the financial losses suffered from Kingpin (1996), the Farrely brothers thought their next film would probably be their last. So they decided to go all out and deliver the most hysterically black comedy they could dream up. When There's Something About Mary (1998) became a box-office smash hit, the Farrely's careers were safe to continue.
The zipper scene is based on an actual incident when the Farrelly brothers' parents had to help a young man who caught himself in his zipper at one of their sisters' parties.
The studio was initially reluctant to allow Ben Stiller - the Farrelly Brothers' first choice - to star, so the brothers decided upon a then unknown Owen Wilson instead. When the studio was even more reluctant to let Wilson star, they agreed to allow the Farrellys to cast Stiller.
The dialogue between Mary and Ted about how there aren't enough meats on sticks was originally written for an episode of Seinfeld (1989) that never aired. The Farrelly Brothers liked it and bought it for use in the movie.
Cameron Diaz's father was on set during filming, so the Farrellys decided to throw him in the movie. In the scene where Ben Stiller is released from prison after being wrongfully accused of murder, Cameron's dad is the inmate in the front with a beard and long hair jeering at Ben.
On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), Cameron Diaz admitted being the body inside the bag carried by the hitchhiker, played by Harland Williams.
Healy is correct when he identifies the building model as Art Deco.
Jim Carrey was considered for the role of Ted. Jon Stewart also auditioned for the role.
Although the identity of Brett Favre as Mary's previous boyfriend "Brett" is kept secret throughout the film, a clue to his identity is provided by Mary's friend who refers to him as "Pacman". At the time, Favre played for the Green Bay Packers.
This is Ben Stiller's favorite movie of his own
The idea for the movie came from the writers seeing an aerobics instructor changing in her window. They wondered what would happen if someone sent a private eye to look for her.