Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich

Spike Jonze (1999)

108min
15 Certificate
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Review

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.

Summary

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