There are usually three rules I abide by when I choose which movies to watch:
Well, I just broke rule #3 when I rented "The Cable Guy". Directed by Ben Stiller (he used to have a TV show on Fox), this movie is a slight departure from Jim Carrey's former movies. Sure he makes the rubber faces, babbles on incessantly, and acts generally annoying... but because he is in an intelligently-written satire, this is a Jim Carrey movie actually worth watching.
The premise is simple. Matthew Broderick is a man who learns that he can get free pay-TV if he slips the cable guy fifty dollars. Unfortunately, Jim Carrey is the cable guy, and a manipulative/abusive/quid-pro-quo relationship develops (if only people could differentiate between the exchange of goods and friendship...). Throw in references to TV shows and pop culture, the merciless up-ending of melodramatic conventions, and a psychedelic Karaoke sequence, and you have one deliciously-executed black comedy. It's too bad the kids will be scratching their heads (hell, just let'em watch Ace).