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Being John Malkovich

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John Malkovich, Being John Malkovich

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:
3070
genre:
Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it an A-

Being John Malkovich — a delicious pretzel of absurdism — stars Cusack as a frustrated puppeteer who happens upon a gateway into the titular star’s consciousness. Hosannas have justly been sung to screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, director Spike Jonze, and costar Catherine Keener. But most impressive is John Malkovich’s dead-on impersonation of the deadpan persona of John Malkovich. A master of cool insolence, menacing distance, and glorious hamminess, Malkovich here builds up a satirical version of his actorly self and then hilariously warps it according to the Borgesian demands of the brilliant script. It’s a role he was born to play.

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