Man on the Moon (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
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Based on a true story, Jim Carrey stunningly portrays the late Andy Kaufman - considered the most innovative, eccentric and enigmatic comic of his time - in Man on the Moon. "Jim Carrey is extraordinary" says The New York Post. "Jim Carrey may be a better Andy Kaufman than Andy Kaufman" writes Newsweek. Also starring Danny DeVito as Kaufman's manager, Courtney Love as the woman Andy falls in love with and Paul Giamatti as his best friend. You'll stand up and cheer for Carrey in one of the year's most entertaining movies!
"There is no real you," jokes Lynn Margulies (Courtney Love) to her boyfriend, Andy Kaufman (Jim Carrey), as he grows more contemplative during a battle with cancer. "I forgot," he says, playing along, though the question of Kaufman's reality is always at issue in Milos Forman's underappreciated Man on the Moon.
The story of Kaufman's quick rise to fame through early appearances on Saturday Night Live and the conceptual stunts that made his club and concert appearances an instant legend in the irony-fueled 1970s and early '80s, Man on the Moon never makes the mistake of artificially delineating Comic Andy from Private Andy. True, we get to see something of his private interest in meditation and some of the flakier extremes of alternative medicine, but even these interludes suggest the presence of an ultimate con behind apparent miracles of transformation.
Screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flynt) allege that transformation was Kaufman's purpose--more than a shtick but less than a destiny. As we see him constantly up the ante on the credibility of his performance personae (the obnoxious nightclub comic Tony Clifton; the insulting, misogynistic professional wrestler), Forman makes it harder and harder to detect Kaufman's sleight of hand. But it's there, always there, always the transcendent Andy watching the havoc he creates and the emotions he stirs.
Carrey is magnificent as Kaufman, re-creating uncannily detailed comedy pieces etched in the memory of anyone who remembers the real Andy. But while Carrey's mimicry of Kaufman is flawless and funny, the actor probes much deeper into an enigmatic character who, in life, was often a moving target even for those closest to him. --Tom Keogh
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Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are fun screenwriters, (though I am not sure they are still working) having produced script for Larry Flynt and Ed Wood....they are not always concerned with tradition, and find great hools in telling the story. They then seem like the perfect choice for writing the story of Andy Kaufman, the most non traditional of performers...and certainly the first five minutes of the film does not dissapoint...Kaufman(Jim Carrey) stands in a movie screen, tells everybody it is his movie and the weirdness ensues.
Well, then the next two hours never captures this same kind of "what is real?" feeling. I mean, don't get me wrong. I enjoyed this movie, and Carrey does an amazing job of recreating Kaufman onstage...but I thought there were a few problems...one is that no one knew Kaufman that well, and therefore it is almost impossible to create a bio pic for someone you can't actually identify with. Therefore we are saddled with forties bio cliches" I Want to Be The greatest of all times" and the fantastic"I want To Play Carnegie Hall", and the obligatory "guy finds cyst on his neck".Read more ›
You won't really learn much about Andy Kaufman from this movie - bits and pieces, but from the look of his life, no one really knew a lot about him. You never are told why his dad is so upset Andy is playing in his room by himself. You never get a grasp of what made Andy Kaufman constantly invent characters that people even loved or hated. His "Latka" character was brillant as well as funny. His "Tony" character was the portrait of an obnoxious lounge singer. He appeared to use everybody and everything as a huge prop to complete practical jokes. This may have been gunny to Andy, but lots of times, he was the only one who got the joke.
Jim Carrey is fantastic as Andy Kaufman. Seeing Carrey do the "Mighty Mouse" bit brought me back to the first time I seen the bit - fearing that Kaufman had simply became a victim of stage fright and than laughing as he pantomined the "Mighty Mouse" song.
Andy Kaufman was a complex and troubled man. He seemed determined to elicit extreme reactions from people, good or bad were the same to him. Just provoking the reaction was what he seemed to crave.
I have to admit, I still don't understand Andy Kaufman and I still am not a big fan of his, but the movie was very thought provoking. On one hand, he is seen meditating, trying to become a more spiritual person - on the other hand he is seen being a total jerk to his co-workers for no apparent reason or at least no reason that is elaborated on in the movie. If you want a look at a complex performer, I recommend this movie highly.
True, Andy Kaufman's persona was so peculiar that many people may avoid the film entirely, but Jim Carrey's portrayal is not to be missed. While his performance in The Truman Show was hardly a stretch and highly overrated, not awarding him an Oscar this time around will be the biggest misdeed since Henry Fonda lost out for The Grapes of Wrath.
As the film traces Kaufman's rather quick rise to fame, the script weaves together a series of vignettes depicting his antics on Saturday Night Live, the Merv Griffin Show and David Letterman.
But Kaufman is best known for the five seasons he starred on Taxi, playing foreign man-boy Latka Gravas. Although he hated sitcoms, calling them "the lowest form of entertainment", it was a role Andy reluctantly accepted when created specifically for him. These sequences feature members of the show's original cast (minus Tony Danza), playing themselves 20 years ago.
Former Taxi castmate Danny DeVito, however, instead plays a major role as Kaufman's agent, and the always compelling Courtney Love is rather wasted in the film's second half as Andy's girlfriend. In other inspired casting, viewers will notice a virtual plethora of familiar character actors and television personalities from the past and present.Read more ›
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LOVE this movie.....heartfelt and amazing acting by Jim Carey....recommended to EVERYONE who wants to see how one person can have so many personalities.....Published on Dec 27 2013 by Dawna W.
Awesome movie that recreates what Andy was really like. One thinks that they are watching a typical Jim Carey comedy, but Andy really did all of these things. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2011 by Tim
Oh did I laugh when I saw this movie. I have come to realize either you hate him or you love him. I definitely think Jim Carry nailed the part!Published on Oct. 12 2006 by Justin MacKay
this guy had problems for sure, i never seen his act, or his appearances on taxie..or even a clip, i had heard jim carrey's perfromance of theis truly bizarre person was good... Read morePublished on June 3 2004 by schackdaddy
MAN ON THE MOON had the obvious strike against it. That is, to this day, most of the population still does not (and will never) understand Andy Kaufman. Read morePublished on March 25 2004
I didn't quite know who Andy was until I watched this riviting movie. I had heard about him from R.E. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004 by Hannah
I have read the book this movie is based on, "Andy Kaufman Revealed!: Best Friend Tells All" by Bob Zmuda, and loved it, so I was looking forward to the movie. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by Michael Minutaglio
Milos Forman's biopic Man on the Moon is an interesting film: as entertainment its pretty good as a biography of the late Andy Kaufman it seems to be a little lacking. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2004 by Bryan A. Pfleeger
I like Jim Carey and I have absolutely no problem with idiotic humor but for some reason I just didn't like this movie and it just didn't do anything for me but make me wonder why... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by R MAIDMENT