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  • Dir. Miloš Forman
  • USA
  • 1999
  • 118 min.
  • R
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of 1999

However one viewed Andy Kaufman — comedian, actor, performance artist, sitcom icon, chaos agent, the guy from Laurie Anderson’s “The Rotowhirl” — there’s space for that perspective in this humane, often-dizzying tear through a singular American life. With a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (ED WOOD, I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS) and direction from the master of the empathetic depiction of social movements, Miloš Forman, this is the story of a lot of men who just happened to be aspects of the same person. As Kaufman, Jim Carrey is doing the work, approaching the man like a pointillist portrait, positioning each of these moments and facets in microfocus — only revealing Andy in full when we as viewers step back and take it all in. With exceptional supporting work from Courtney Love and the majority of the then-surviving cast members of “Taxi.”

“Kaufman defined himself as the man popular culture couldn't grasp. He remains an enigma for good reason, and MAN ON THE MOON celebrates his mystery.” —Michael Atkinson, Movieline

“Ranks as the year's preeminent achievement in sly, subversive storytelling and post-entertainment deconstruction.” —Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine

“This is the role Jim Carrey was born to play.” —Jordan Hoffman,