Mild-mannered Matthew Broderick makes the mistake of employing unhinged Jim Carrey to install his new cable TV system – and then can’t get rid of him.

Consistently inventive and completely out of control, Carrey is superb, though this merciless satire’s mix of belly laughs, pathos and truly vicious streak was too much for many critics and audiences back in 1996. But that’s precisely where director Ben Stiller’s movie shows its greatness.

The many high spots include Carrey’s joust in the daffy Medieval Times theme park, the inspired TV murder trial running gag and the slapstick finale, which is set, appropriately enough, in a big satellite dish.