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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
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 18 months ago 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