When unfortunate street puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) starts a job at a Manhattan firm he discovers a small door hidden behind a filing cabinet and a dark tunnel leading into the head of movie star John Malkovich.
When he tells co-worker Maxine (Catherine Keener) about his new-found celebrity joy ride, they form a business partnership that offers jaded New Yorkers the chance to be the actor for 15 minutes at $200 a time.
This crazy, surreal comedy from director Spike Jonze is a daringly original metaphysical fantasy that still finds time to ponder the human status quo, sexual gender and identity.
Super-smart, hip and darkly subversive (the sequence where Malkovich enters his own brain portal and finds a world completely populated by images of himself is a classic), Jonze’s Kafkaesque mind trip is so far-out in conservative Hollywood terms, it’s a real shock to the system.
The fact that it manages to carry its open-mouthed audience through every awesomely enigmatic turn is its greatest accomplishment.
Mary Kay Place
First JM Inc Customer
W Earl Brown
Larry the agent