Steven Kovak, who has just split up with his girlfriend, decides to have cable TV installed in his apartment. The Cable Guy, known as 'Chip', arrives to install it, and then attempts to befriend Steven. However, as Steven very quickly discovers, Chip is dangerously unstable and verging on the dangerous.
All of this is given a comic slant, however. Chip rapidly becomes the thorn in Steven's flesh as he begins cropping up everywhere that Steven goes. His behaviour is erratic, abnormal, socially backward, and sometimes just downright eerie. Jim Carrey was never more superbly cast than he is in this film, and the taken-aback bemusement of Steven is also portrayed well by Matthew Broderick.
There are some truly funny scenes, especially one where Chip gatecrashes a basketball game which Steven is taking part in, to hilarious effect. Later, the two visit a medieval themed restaurant, and more chaos ensues. One of the most memorable scenes unfolds when Chip decides to throw Steven a house party, bringing in a Karaoke machine and various misfits who Chip has installed cable TV for. Oh, and a prostitue, too, who Chip proceeds to fix Steven up with. The scene in which Jim Carrey puts his heart and soul into a rendition of Jefferson Airplane's 'Somebody To Love', is as hilarious a scene as I have witnessed in any comedy, but it's a bizarre scene, and a thoroughly bizarre humour, which a person either finds hilarious or completely unfunny. I personally thought the film was inspired.
Events take a sinister turn after Steven discovers that he has slept with a prostitute, and he tells Chip he doesn't want him as a friend any more. Chip then begins deliberately making a stalker of himself and sets about causing Steven's life to unravel. Carrey's demented harrassment of Steven is eerie yet comical, and when Chip actually turns up at Steven's family home, persuading them he is a friend of Steven's, the results are cringe-inducing, but side-splitting.
This film will either appeal to your sense of humour, or totally conflict with it, but rest assured, if you find it funny, you'll find watching it a thoroughly enjoyable hour or so of your life.