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Man on the Moon (1999)
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Milos Forman
Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Gerry Becker
1h 58min
"Man on the Moon" is a biography film of an outrageous comedian Andy Kaufman, a man who turned life into an unending rally.
Since childhood, the boy Andy loved to come up with a show. His audience was plush toys and a little sister, with pleasure singing to his brother about birds and guinea pigs. Years passed, and the songs of the matured hero ceased to have a public adoring uncomplicated anecdotes. The original monologues, invented by the stand-comic, will not amuse the audience, but the musical parodies delight. After one performance Andy meets an enterprising guy George Shapiro, who does not mind being an agent of the actor.
Kaufmann is a difficult client. He adores hoaxes, provocations and rallies, hates comedic series, dreams of a show at Carnegie Hall and loves outrageous jokes. Shapiro arranges it in the sitcom "Taxi", launched in prime time, but Andy listens to the news without enthusiasm. Stupid storyline and "dead" laugh-overs are not impressive: an eccentric comedian wants to add his own musical numbers to Taxi.