Man On The Moon (1999)

MILOS FORMAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

United Kingdom/Germany/Japan/USA, 1999.  Universal Pictures, Mutual Film Company, Jersey Films, Cinehaus, Shapiro/West Productions, Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, British Broadcasting Corporation, Marubeni, Toho-Towa.  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Boston Film Critics Awards 1999.  Golden Globe Awards 1999.

Shallow biopic of controversial comedian Andy Kaufman, most famous for his role as Latka on Taxi. is brilliant as Kaufman (and all his alter egos), who was himself considered a genius by those who understood him well enough, but the script by the writing team of Larry Karaszewksi and Scott Alexander (Ed Wood, The People Vs. Larry Flynt) makes no serious attempt to get into Kaufman’s private life or his head, leaving the film limp and unmoving. Director Milos Forman (who also directed Flynt) doesn’t seem all that committed to the project, and wastes the talent of both his star and wonderful leading lady  (as Kaufman’s longtime girlfriend), while  stands out in a supporting role.

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