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Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Stars: Spike Jonze
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 1999
Time: 112 min
IMDb: 7.8/10

Storyline

Puppeteer Craig Schwartz and animal lover and pet store clerk Lotte Schwartz are just going through the motions of their marriage. Despite not being able to earn a living solely through puppeteering, Craig loves his profession as it allows him to inhabit the skin of others. He begins to take the ability to inhabit the skin of others to the next level when he is forced to take a job as a file clerk for the off-kilter LesterCorp, located on the five-foot tall 7½ floor of a Manhattan office building. Behind one of the filing cabinets in his work area, Craig finds a hidden door which he learns is a portal into the mind of John Malkovich, the visit through the portal which lasts fifteen minutes after which the person is spit into a ditch next to the New Jersey Turnpike. Craig is fascinated by the meaning of life associated with this finding. Lotte’s trips through the portal make her evaluate her own self. And the confident Maxine Lund, one of Craig’s co-workers who he tells about the …
Plot Keywords: sex-scene / fully-clothed-sex / woman-on-top / little-girl / looking-for-a-job
Taglines: Ever wanted to be someone else? Now you can.
Certificate: Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Austria:12 | Belgium:KT/EA | Brazil:18 | Brazil:14 (TV rating) | Canada:14A | Canada:G (Québec) | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-12 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 (w) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:L | Iceland:LH (video rating) | Ireland:15 | Italy:T | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:M | Norway:11 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Russia:14+ | Singapore:R(A) | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:R-15 | United Kingdom:15 | United States:TV-14 (DLS, TV Rating.) | United States:R
Cast: John Cusack , Cameron Diaz , Ned Bellamy , Eric Weinstein , Madison Lanc , Octavia Spencer , Mary Kay Place , Orson Bean , Catherine Keener , K.K. Dodds , Byrne Piven , Judith Wetzell , John Malkovich , Kevin Carroll , Willie Garson , W. Earl Brown , Reginald C. Hayes , Charlie Sheen , Gerald Emerick , Bill M. Ryusaki , Carlos Jacott , Richard Fancy , Patti Tippo , Daniel Hansen , Gregory Sporleder , Mariah O’Brien , Kelly Teacher , Jacqueline Benoît , William Buck , Christine D. Coleman , Jeanne Diehl , Audrey Gelfund , Yetta Ginsburg , Sylvester Jenkins , Roy C. Johnson , Eddie J. Low , Ralph W. Spaulding , David Wyler , Flori Wyler , Kevin Lee , Marlowe Bassett , Jennifer Canzoneri , Kristie Cordle , Denise Dabrowski , Kristin Condon , Charlene Grimsley , Christine Krejer , Erica Long , Yvonne Montelius , Jessica Neuberger , Sara Rifkin , Elizabeth Rivera , Chelsa Sjostrom , Pamela Hayden , Jayne Hess , Michelle Madden , Greg O’Neill , Neil Ross , Bill Wittman , Lance Bangs , Kacee DeMasi , Andy Dick , Eddie L. Fauria , David Fincher , Jester Hairston , Isaac Hanson , Taylor Hanson , Zac Hanson , Dustin Hoffman , Victor Isaac , Spike Jonze , James Murray , Sean Penn , Brad Pitt , Winona Ryder , Gary Sinise , Trevor Lawrence Young

Details

Company: Astralwerks
Country: United States
Language: English
Released Date: 24 Nov 1999 (Puerto Rico)
Year: 1999
Film Location: RMS Queen Mary – 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, California, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: 112 min
Soundmix: Dolby Digital
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

User Review:

James Birtwhistle » All hail Spike Jonze for he is a genius. Not content with being the undisputed king of music videos, he's set his sights on full-length-feature-films. One might imagine that the often surreal, always innovative humour of his short music promos might not transfer across to a much longer production – like hell. ‘Being John Malkovich' is a fresh exciting stroke of genius.

John Cusack is Craig Schwartz, an unemployed puppeteer looser guy. In order to earn a living he is forced to find himself a regular job, only it soon becomes apparent that regular it is not. Working as a filing clerk on floor seven and a half, Craig stumbles across a portal into John Malkovich's head. No, really, that's what happens. Anyway, he turns this into a business venture with help from the beautiful Maxine (Catherine Keener), whom he lusts after. Maxine is more interested, however, in his wife, Lotte (Diaz, like you've never seen her before) but only when she's being John Malkovich.

Don't worry if this all sounds a little strange to you, it should do, it's probably the most surreal film ever made. I obviously can't give all the credit for this to director Spike Jonze; Charlie Kaufman is the genius that wrote this insanity. He's the most acutely imaginative and ingenious man of our time.

With such a fantastic cast the acting is of course superb; everyone's brilliant, especially Malkovich himself. Well obviously, you say, he's playing himself – yes, but he's also playing himself being played by an increasingly psychotic puppeteer.

Monkey flash backs and a restaurant full of Malkoviches are highlights of the insanely brilliant and brilliantly insane movie. If you thought that Spike Jonez could never top the Daft Punk talking dog video, you have never been so wrong in your life.

10/10
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