Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich

Spike Jonze (1999)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This crazy, surreal comedy from director Spike Jonze consistently dazzles while never losing its grip on unreality. It's a daringly original metaphysical fantasy that still finds time to ponder the human status quo, sexual gender and identity, as down-on-his-luck street puppeteer John Cusack takes a job at a strange Manhattan firm where a small door hidden behind a filing cabinet reveals a dark tunnel leading into the head of movie star John Malkovich. When he tells co-worker Catherine Keener about his new-found celebrity joy ride, they form a business partnership that offers jaded New Yorkers the chance to be the actor for 15 minutes at $200 a time. Super-smart, hip and darkly subversive (the sequence where Malkovich enters his own brain portal and finds a world completely populated by images of himself is a classic), Jonze's Kafkaesque mind trip is so far-out in conservative Hollywood terms, it's a real shock to the system. The fact that it manages to carry its open-mouthed audience through every awesomely enigmatic turn is its greatest accomplishment.


A struggling puppeteer starts a new job and discovers a magical portal that gives those who enter the chance to see through actor John Malkovich's eyes for a short time. Sharing his discovery with a co-worker, they find a way to make money from their scheme, while a convoluted love triangle develops between the pair and the puppeteer's wife. Spike Jonze's fantasy comedy, starring John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener and John Malkovich.

Cast & Crew

Craig Schwartz John Cusack
Maxine Catherine Keener
Lotte Schwartz Cameron Diaz
John Horatio Malkovich John Malkovich
Dr Lester Orson Bean
Floris Mary Kay Place
First JM Inc Customer W Earl Brown
Larry the agent Carlos Jacott
Charlie Charlie Sheen
Brad Pitt Brad Pitt
Sean Penn Sean Penn
Director Spike Jonze
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Contains swearing and sex scenes. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Mar 2000
Comedy Drama