I was rewatching There's Something about Mary recently and in the movie they specifically mention Harold and Maude. I've never seen it but I've heard that movie is kind of weird. It is about a boy that ends up dating a much older woman from what I understand. In There's Something About Mary, Mary says it is the greatest love story of our time.
I was wondering is there some sort of underlying joke or any thematic elements that Something About Mary and Harold and Maude share? Have the Farrelly brothers ever mentioned anything about it? My cursory google searches haven't provided me with much on the subject.
Here is a clip from There's Something about Mary: https://vimeo.com/127384854
And this happens after Healy listens in on a conversation between Mary and Magda.
Mary: It's like that movie Harold and Maude.
Magda: I don't watch the new ones.
Mary: Well, you should, because it's probably the greatest love story of our time.