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Being John Malkovich


John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich


Spike Jonze (Director), Charlie Kaufman (Writer) View All

Released: September 30th, 1999
Runtime: 1 hour, 52 minutes
Spike Jonze’s debut feature film is a love story mix of comedy and fantasy. The story is about an unsuccessful puppeteer named Craig, who one day at work finds a portal into the head of actor John Malkovich. The portal soon becomes a passion for anybody who enters it’s mad and controlling world of overtaking another human body.

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He lives in an appartment with his wife (played by Cameron Diaz, who exceeds herself in this film) and the many animals she keeps, including a chimpanzee. When he gets a punch in the face while performing on the streets, because the puppet play he was doing, wasn't really appropiate for children, he searches for a job. His new workplace seems to be on a small floor, the 7 1/2th floor, where everyone has to bend themeselves so they can walk.
John Cusack is appropriately creepy as the jobless puppeteer, Craig Schwartz, who finds Malkovich’s portal, gaining a certain sympathy from the audience he later turns on its head in such as a dramatic fashion.