Being John Malkovich
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Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is a struggling street puppeteer. In order to make some money, Craig takes a job as a filing clerk. One day he accidentally discovers a door… a portal into the mind of John Malkovich (played by John Malkovich)! For 15 minutes, he experiences the ultimate head trip – HE is John Malkovich! Then he’s dumped out onto the New Jersey turnpike! With his beautiful office mate Maxine (Catherine Keener) and his pet-obsessed wife (Cameron Diaz), they hatch a plan to let others into John’s brain for just $200 a trip. See what all the critics are talking about.
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It certainly isn't straight-forward, or easy to access, or as superficially funny as traditional comedies. But, it is unique, and layered, and perfectly executed IMHO.
You can watch the films in order or mix them up. My preference is to begin with Adaptation, which easily merges with Being John Malkovich. Neither one is the normal Hollywood movie. In fact they don't even come close.
Being John Malkovich, which debuted at the end of the 20th Century, was seen by more people.
Many of the actors in the films were cast in roles that would not have been expected. Meryl Streep is a good example. Nicolas Cage was cast in a role similar to his performance in the Coen Brothers' film Raising Arizona. In fact, the Kaufman and Jones writer and director team could be confused with the Coen Brothers.
In this review I have left out the core of Being John Malkovich. More of you have seen that film and remember it. If not, check out some of the other reviews.