Thursday, February 18, 2010

Being John Malkovich (1999)

This is an okay movie. Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is a gifted street puppeteer, but is unable to find a job with his skill. He lives with his animal obsessed wife (Cameron Diaz) and her many pets. In order to earn a living he takes a job as a filing clerk. The company is on the 7 ½ floor and the ceilings are only about 5 feet high. Behind one of the filing cabinets, he discovers a portal that allows anyone to go inside the mind of John Malkovich for 15 minutes and then fall onto the New Jersey turnpike.

Malkovich had previously acted in The Man in the Iron Mask, Con Air, In the Line of Fire, Dangerous Liaisons and several other films. He is 12 years older than Cusack. The New Jersey Turnpike is the nation's fifth busiest toll road. Director Spike Jonze was married to Sofia Coppola at the time.

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