The Cable Guy

1996 PG-13 1h 36m DVD

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The Cable Guy

1996 PG-13 1h 36m DVD
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When Steven moves into his new apartment, overzealous cable guy Chip comes to hook him up -- and doesn't let go. After Steven tries to end their "friendship," Chip begins stalking Steven, but no one believes that Chip is capable of such behavior.
Full Screen 1.33:1
Spanish (Neutral), Korean
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
  • Jim Carrey
  • Matthew Broderick
  • Leslie Mann
  • Jack Black
  • George Segal
  • Diane Baker
  • Ben Stiller
  • Eric Roberts
  • Janeane Garofalo
  • Andy Dick
  • Harry O'Reilly
  • David Cross
  • Owen Wilson
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Chip flashes back on a childhood where he was neglected by his mom and abandoned by his father. Chip was raised by TV, and embodies all the warnings about what too much TV does to people: he becomes a sociopath, stealing, lying, blackmailing, and manipulating because he doesn't know how to have relationships. There's also considerable comic violence in this film, including people getting beat up and the main characters brandish swords and battle axes and joust at a medieval-themed restaurant. A character threatens suicide and jumps, but doesn't die.

Sexual Content

A brief glimpse of a woman in lingerie on the TV, references to transexuality, brief mention of masturbation. Chip acts sexually toward his cable, rubbing the wall as if it were a woman. Chip hires a prostitute to sleep with Steven, but it happens offscreen. There's some talk about sexually transmitted diseases. Robin and Steven kiss.


Lots of comic violence. Constant mention of a celebrity trial in which a former child star killed his twin. Chip beats up Robin's date. Chip is unnecessarily violent during a basketball game. Chip and Steven do battle in a medieval restaurant, fighting with swords, battle axes, and jousting. No one is seriously injured. Steven punches Chip. Chip spies on Robin. Chip threatens suicide and jumps, though he doesn't die.


Some swearing, including "bastard," "goddamn," "ass," "damn," and "son of a bitch."

Social Behavior

Generally, Chip acts sociopathically, blackmailing, stalking, stealing, manipulating, and lying to try to convince Steven to be his friend. Chip is also the victim of a negligent mother and absent father. Steven steals cable channels.


Some brands are obvious, including MTV and the restaurant Medieval Times. Lots of TV shows get plugs, including My Three Sons, Jerry Springer, Ren and Stimpy, and the movie Sleepless in Seattle.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Steven and Chip drink beers and Steven gives the prostitute tequila.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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