The #1 Movie Review, Analysis, Question and Answer Site

Being John Malkovich (1999)

Synopsis:
Puppeteer Craig Schwartz and animal lover and pet store clerk Lotte Schwartz are just going through the motions of their marriage. Despite not being able to earn a living solely through puppeteering, Craig loves his profession as it allows him to inhabit the skin of others. He begins to take the ability to inhabit the skin of others to the next level when he is forced to take a job as a file clerk for the off-kilter LesterCorp, located on the five-foot tall 7 floor of a Manhattan office building. Behind one of the filing cabinets in his work area, Craig finds a hidden door which he learns is a portal into the mind of 'John Malkovich' (qv), the visit through the portal which lasts fifteen minutes after which the person is spit into a ditch next to the New Jersey Turnpike. Craig is fascinated by the meaning of life associated with this finding. Lotte's trips through the portal make her evaluate her own self. And the confident Maxine Lund, one of Craig's co-workers who he tells about the portal if only because he is attracted to her, thinks that it is a money making opportunity in selling trips into Malkovich's mind after office hours for $200 a visit. Craig, Lotte and Maxine begin to understand that anyone entering the portal has the ability to control Malkovich's mind, which also alters his entire being. This experience makes Maxine fall in love with a composite. This ability to control Malkovich's mind begs the question of the ultimate psychedelic trip for Malkovich himself, who begins to feel that something is not right in the world as he knows it.
Resource Links:

Reviews & Analyses: Being John Malkovich

Tell the world what you think about Being John Malkovich. Post a Review / Analysis!

Post a Review / Analysis
Earn QUA for FREE by contributing to MovieQUA!

Login required. Reviews / Analyses cannot be changed once submitted - please post carefully! No URLs!
Title
Required. An introduction to your Review / Analysis
Body
Required. Post your Review / Analysis in as much detail and as personally as you want. This is your chance to share your innermost thoughts on Being John Malkovich
Image
Optional. You can include an image to complement your Analysis
Answer Humanoid Test
Nine + CAPTCHA Image =

A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several p...
It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries. A creature of myth and legend known by several names; Yeti, Sasquat...
A satire of Stalinist Russia, Animal Farm tells of the revolt of the animals of Manor Farm against their human master...
The adventures of a daydreaming, jazz-loving, football-headed 9-year-old, who lives in a boarding house with his gran...