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Being John Malkovich Movie

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This imaginative, hysterical comedy-fantasy is the latest addition to my "favorite film" list. It is a travesty that screenwriter Charlie Kaufman didn't win an Oscar for this script (he was nominated) It came out in 1999, directed by Spike Jonze.

John Cusack plays a puppeteer who takes a job as a file clerk and discovers, behind a file cabinet, a portal that takes him into the mind of John Malkovich. His wife Lotte is played by the almost unrecognizable Cameron Diaz. Catherine Keener is Maxine, their mutual love interest.

But the best part is John Malkovich playing a fictional version of himself. He was reportedly "half intrigued and half horrified" when he first read the script. Scenes include such bizarre incidences as the Cusack and Diaz characters separately entering the Malkovich body to be there when he makes love with the Keener character.

In a scene where Malkovich himself enters the portal into his mind, I laughed so hard I almost choked on my own spittle.

In a film full of surprises, they save the best for last. This is a wonderful, thoughtful, superbly funny flick, and John Malkovich had some self-deprecating nerve to do the role.

posted on Aug 21, 2013 5:40 PM ()

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I have always wanted to see this one. Glad to hear you recommend it so highly - I'll have to find a way to rent it or something.
comment by catdancer on Aug 26, 2013 12:38 PM ()
I watched part of it years ago (on TV), but just couldn't hack it all. Interesting, but too bizarre. Never saw the end.
comment by solitaire on Aug 25, 2013 5:05 AM ()
Charlie Kaufman is such a good, weird writer.
comment by drmaus on Aug 24, 2013 7:35 PM ()
I saw this many years ago and loved it.He is one of my favorites.
comment by fredo on Aug 24, 2013 7:01 AM ()
Of all the actors I can think of, they picked the perfect someone to get into the mind of. I've always enjoyed him in the various roles over the years.
comment by troutbend on Aug 22, 2013 7:23 PM ()
Sounds like fun. I will check Netflix.
comment by elderjane on Aug 22, 2013 6:32 AM ()
will look for this one sounds great
comment by kevinshere on Aug 22, 2013 1:18 AM ()
What a bizarre plot. Now I'd like to watch it.
comment by tealstar on Aug 21, 2013 6:36 PM ()

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