Being John Malkovich 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… Being John Malkovich 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… 1999-10-29 R PT112M Comedy Sci-fi and Fantasy John Cusack Cameron Diaz Catherine Keener John Malkovich Brad Pitt Gramercy Pictures Propaganda Films Single Cell Pictures Gramercy Pictures
Movie Review

Being John Malkovich (1999)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Oct 29, 1999; Rated: R; Length: 112 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener and John Malkovich; Distributor: Gramercy Pictures; More

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

Originally posted Nov 12, 1999 Published in issue #512 Nov 12, 1999 Order article reprints
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