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The Cable Guy

In America today, the distance between the very rich and the very poor is greater than ever. In The Cable Guy, social class differences are evident not between rich and poor but between white collar and blue collar. Matthew Broderick's character is an idea man, a designer, an architect, a man who develops plans and has other people carry them out for him. Jim Carrey's character is a blue-collar worker. He is knowledgeable about technology in a way Broderick is not, but he is still the man who comes to people's homes to install their cable. He himself notes how little attention these people generally pay to him or what he does, and even the slightest sign of politeness from Broderick becomes a reason for Carrey to assume greater closeness is desired than is. Carrey in this sense represents the fear of white-collar professionals everywhere, the fear that the unwashed blue-collar worker will demand equality in social terms and so will take liberties.

At the same time, the yuppie professional is shown to be at the mercy of a veritable army of white-collar workers, all coopted in the film by Carrey with the promise of free cable, from the waiters at the medieval restaurant to the cop on the beat. He needs these people to get things done, but he is ill at ease when faced with their demands on him. Class differences are developed between the two main characters in terms of mode of life and attitudes toward c


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