In a remarkable and touching performance, Jim Carrey tones down his usual idiosyncrasies to play late avant garde comedian Andy Kaufman in MAN ON THE MOON. In life, Kaufman was a complex, controversial, and, at times, insane performer, and Carrey captures this, as well as the subtle nuances of his more toned-down private life. Director Milos Forman stages faithful recreations of Kaufman's pranks, method-like immersion in characters, and even scenes from TAXI, the hit TV show that made him a star, but also follows the comedian through his tragic diagnosis with cancer and his loving relationship with his girlfriend Lynne Margulies (Courtney Love). Danny DeVito, Kaufman's real-life TAXI co-star, plays George Shapiro, the manager who discovers him and is willing to put up with all his antics, acknowledging Andy's wry genius. Along the way on his self-made rocky road of stardom, Kaufman reinvents himself as a foreign man who mangles jokes, and as Elvis; lip-syncs the MIGHTY MOUSE cartoon theme after a full minute of dead air time on Saturday Night Live; becomes a "professional" wrestler, and subsequently manages to sabotage his TV career. The supporting cast in MAN ON THE MOON is excellent, including Paul Giamatti has his comedic partner-in-crime, and many members of the real cast of TAXI.
- Edition: Widescreen
- Number of Discs: 1
- Rating: R (MPAA)
- Film Country: USA
- Sound: Surround Sound
- UPC: 025192072024
"...It is a fascinating, whirlwind tour through the life of a true Hollywood enigma....The film does offer an illuminating dissection of Kaufman's comedic style and philosophy..."
Box Office - Wade Major (02/01/2000)
"...Carrey is a major fan and seems to have an intuitive understanding of his bizarre subject. His performance is a brilliant, almost terrifying impersonation..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (12/22/1999)
"...What is most wonderful about MAN ON THE MOON, a very good film, is that it remains true to Kaufman's stubborn vision....The film has a heroic performance from Jim Carrey..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (12/22/1999)
"...See it for Carrey's creepy impersonation act..." -- 3 out of 5 stars
Premiere - Christopher Kelly (07/01/2000)
"Carrey gives a dazzling performance that maintains its intensity throughout..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - Stephen Farber (02/??/2000)
"...Carrey scores mightily in an eerily spectacular make-or-break performance that nails the public persona of Andy Kaufman..."
USA Today - Mike Clark (06/02/2000)
"...Carrey gives a virtuoso turn that unerringly captures the behavioral quirkiness and disquieting vacantness of the man he's portraying..."
Variety - Todd McCarthy