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Being John Malkovich

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Being John Malkovich

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
112 minutes
Wide Release Date:
10/29/99
performer:
John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich
guest performer:
Brad Pitt
director:
Spike Jonze
Producers:
Gramercy Pictures, Propaganda Films, Single Cell Pictures
distributor:
Gramercy Pictures
author:
Charlie Kaufman
genre:
Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it an A

The most excitingly original movie of the year. It’s set in a casually surreal version of the everyday, where puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) discovers a portal that sucks him into the mind of John Malkovich. Before long, Craig, his wife (Cameron Diaz), and a diamond-hard office vixen (Catherine Keener) are using Malkovich as a host body, layering their identities on top of his. Director Spike Jonze works in a bustling yet deadpan pretzel-logic style, so that you never question the reality of what you’re seeing. Welcome, Jonze seems to say, to your own role-scrambled head: the 21st-century Wonderland. A