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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 85. Man on the Moon (1999)

July 24, 2011

85. Man On The Moon [DVD] (1999)

Plot: The story follows comedian Andy Kaufman (Jim Carrey) from childhood through the comedy clubs and tv appearances that made him famous, like those on Saturday Night LiveLate Night with David Letterman, including his role as “Latka Gravas” on the sitcom Taxi. The film pays particular attention to the various inside jokes, put-ons, and happenings for which Kaufman was famous, most significantly his “feud” with wrestler Jerry Lawler and his portrayal of the bawdy lounge singer Tony Clifton.

Also Starring: Danny DeVitoCourtney Love, George ShapiroJeff Conaway, Paul Giamatti, Judd Hirsch, David Letterman

Directed by: Milos Forman
Written by: Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
Length: 118 min
Budget: $85,000,000
Gross Revenue: $85,434,430 (Worldwide)

“Hello, my name is Andy and this is my poster.” (tagline)

He has been called a lot of things; comedic genius, iconoclast, ahead-of-his-time and “the first performance artist”.

But when I first saw “Man on the Moon” back in 2000 when it came to Sweden I had no idea who Andy Kaufman was.

Favorite Quote:
Andy Kaufman
: You don’t know the real me.
Lynne Margulies: There isn’t a real you.
Andy Kaufman: Oh yeah, I forgot.

I did however know who Jim Carrey was since he had become a huge star making faces in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask and Dumb & Dumber.

And luckily I had seen him be dramatic a year earlier in The Truman Show which helped me go into the cinema NOT thinking Man on the Moon was another “hey I can make funny faces and talk out of my ass”-kind of film.

..well, I was half wrong.. This is somewhere in between Ace Ventura and Truman and instead of ass-talking there are pounding on drums.

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Hank Azaria, Edward Norton and Jim Carrey all auditioned for the role of Andy Kaufman. Director Milos Forman could not decide between Edward Norton and Jim Carrey for the role, and left it up to the studio which went with the more bankable Carrey.

And, I guess this genius audition tape didn’t hurt either..

the animated comedy series and blog lunki and sikaI also knew director Milos Forman is a great storyteller, especially when it comes to biographies; like Amadeus and The People vs Larry Flynt. So to combine the acting talent of Jim Carrey with the directing skill of Milos Forman was a genius decision.

And to bring in a supporting cast like Danny DeVito, Courtney Love and Paul Giamatti just adds on the genius. AND on top of that a soundtrack made by Michael Stipe and R.E.M… Yeah, I know! It’s like Andy himself came up with that formula!!

Now I know a lot more about Andy Kaufman. I think he is a genius. Like his characters; Latka, Foreign Man, Elvis, lounge-singer Tony Clifton, the Wrestler. All genius.

Like this review. Using the word genius seven times sure helped me achieve that.

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 86. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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