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Man on the Moon
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Starring: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Courtney Love, Paul Giamatti, George Shapiro
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Universal Pictures
Web Site: www.man-on-the-moon.com
Kiddie Movie: Lots of swearing, adult subjects, nakedness, and it might give your kids twisted ideas.
Date Movie: Sure, bring them along.
Gratuitous Sex: Some, yea, pretty much some.
Gratuitous Violence: Some fighting.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: Lots of them.
Memorable Scene: Tony Clifton in Vegas and Andy Kaufman comes on stage.
Memorable Quote: Nothing comes to mind.
Directed By: Milos Forman
Produced By: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher

Man on the Moon
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:58 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Jim Carrey is probably one of the most phenomenal actors at the current time. There doesn't seem to be a role he can't carry, and the role everyone has been waiting for has finally come - Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman in the movie "Man on the Moon."

"Man on the Moon" basically tries to tell the story of Andy Kaufman which, after watching the movie is basically impossible, but the movie does a decent job. It starts with Andy as a little boy, his growing to hit the club scene, the "Taxi" days, the wrestling days, and then his final days. And if the movie has one story to tell it is that Andy Kaufman wasn't a comedian. It seems to tell more that Andy didn't care if we laughed, he just cared if he could laugh. And it's that twisted logic that made Andy the genius he is proclaimed to be, and yet made a lot of people hate him.

Now, let's start with Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman. In all honesty I don't remember Andy Kaufman that well so I can't say Jim does a great Andy, I'll just go on the word of everyone else in saying so. Carrey is able to, whether you can relate him to Andy or not, make you forget he is Jim Carrey playing Andy, but rather it is Andy playing Andy and that I think is why Jim Carrey is being talked of so highly for this role. As I sat there I forgot it was Jim on the screen and for that I commend him. But as far as the movie, I think there was too much of Andy's life that could be told and you just can't fit it into a couple of hours. That's what made me sad.

From the movie we find the complexity in Andy's thinking, his metamorphosis into Tony Clifton, how he and Bob Zmuda worked as a team, and how Andy, basically, did most of everything he did for his own enjoyment. But we couldn't see enough of the stories that, well, fascinate me. Yes, there is the saga of Andy the wrestler; yes, there is the taking everyone out for milk and cookies (although out of order of the actual events of his life); yes, there is the reading of "The Great Gatsby"; and there is the Tony Clifton transformation, but in hearing more about Andy Kaufman there is so much more that it's almost too bad the movie couldn't show more. But, I guess in doing so the movie would have had to have been turned into a mini-series and even that might not do the twisted mind of Andy Kaufman justice.

So, is the movie any good. I did enjoy it, but not as much as I thought I would. I guess I wasn't as interested in the life of Andy Kaufman as I was in the comedy stunts he pulled and there just wasn't enough time for that, nor was that what the movie would be about. But great performances by all involved, especially Jim Carrey, and I'm giving "Man on the Moon" 4 stars out of 5. It's a pretty good movie, kinda quirky but good nonetheless, although I think if Andy had really made the movie it would have ended for real after the opening segment. That seems to me how Andy would have wanted to make a movie about his life.

That's it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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