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Being John Malkovich (1999)

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.

Craig Schwartz
John Cusack
Catherine Keener
Lotte Schwartz
Cameron Diaz
John Malkovich
Dr Lester
Orson Bean
Mary Kay Place
First JM Inc Customer
W Earl Brown
Larry the agent
Carlos Jacott
Charlie Sheen
Brad Pitt
Sean Penn

Spike Jonze