Surreal, dark comedy from part time actor and full time oddball Spike Jonze; which sees wannabe puppeteer John Cusack forced into a day job only to discover a hidden portal into the mind of actor John Malkovich. Cusack soon joins forces with colleague / enterprising superbitch Catherine Keener ('Living In Oblivion') and charges hapless patrons a couple of $100 a head to 'Be' John Malkovich. Everyone gets their fifteen minutes inside Malkovich's mind, with Cusack using it as a sinister ploy to win over Keener, leave his wife (Cameron Diaz in frumpy mode) and control Malkovich to further his own ambitions. Of course it's only a matter of time before the man himself catches on, and goes "up his own portal" for an unforgettable visual satire on the banal, introspective and ludicrously self-obsessive nature of celebrity. A great movie with loads of ideas, not to mention hilarious cameos from Ben Orson (as Cusack's boss) and Charlie Sheen (as Charlie Sheen). All together now: "Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich...MALKOVICH!...Malkovich Malkovich".
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Original is far too understated a term to describe this picture, brought to you by the surreal, twisted minds of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and actor-director Spike Jonze. The story concerns a puppeteer, Craig Schwartz (John Cusack), who discovers his office has a secret portal that leads directly into the brain of one of America's most popular actors, John Malkovich (Malkovich himself, in a hilariously self-mocking appearance). When the journey ends fifteen minutes later, the participant is spewed onto the side of the New Jersey Turnpike. Schwartz uses his discovery as a way to get closer to fellow coworker Maxine (the always fascinating Catherine Keener). Together, the pair form JM, INC., which allows ordinary citizens to join in on the fun for 200 dollars a pop. But when Craig's wife Lotte (a homely Cameron Diaz), is seduced by Maxine while in Malkovich's body, things begin to unfurl at an even more outrageous pace. Sound confusing?
Leftfield comedy which marked the feature film debuts of director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman. Unappreciated as a puppeteer and bored in his ten-year marriage, Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) takes a job in an office where he discovers a portal into the mind of actor John Malkovich (played by himself). To his amazement, he then finds that he is able to occupy and control Malkovich's body; but when he shares this discovery with his wife Lotte (Cameron Diaz) it leads to all kinds of trouble.