A biographical film about the American comedian Andy Kaufmann. Forman traces the life of the eccentric TV star and his development from his role as Latka in the sitcom “Taxi” to the end of his career wrestling women.
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This falls into many of the foibles of the biopic genre, in that it can very quickly feel like you're watching a greatest hits reel of Andy Kaufman's sketches, making the film's relevance a bit suspect in an era in which you can easily find the original clips on YouTube - but, damn, Jim Carrey is nothing short of brilliant here, disappearing into the role so completely that I never once thought of the actor himself.
One of the three films that Jim Carrey could easily have won a nomination for (alongside 'The Truman Show' and 'Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind'). He absolutely nails the psyche and mannerisms of Andy Kaufman.
Jim Carrey is unbelievably good. Miloš Forman directs one of the better biopics you can find. The emotion in this movie ebbs between unwieldy comedy and awkward sadness, just like the mysterious life of one Andy Kaufman.
It should have been MUCH better. Carrey's performance is vastly overrated, the real Andy was much more subtle and much less cutesy. The Letterman and Fridays recreations are bungled so badly that they are truly embarrassing to watch. The only good moments belonged to Tony Clifton, and those were the only scenes in the film that actually made me laugh. Paul Giamatti was brilliant as usual. Overall, a failure. ***3
Well, OK, I guess if you like Andy Kaufman you might like this movie. Certainly an interesting departure for both Forman and Carrey, but for the most part I didn't feel I really needed to know any of this.
I'm not the biggest Jim Carrey fan but having just recently watched the Netflix documentary about the making of this film I felt I should watch it and see the results of all that behind the scenes mayhem. I've got to say I enjoyed it - I wasn't blown away but Carrey's homage to Andy Kaufman is honest, and it's moving to see how committed to the role he was even at the cost of his own mental wellbeing.
Having knowing little to nothing about Andy Kaufman and his bizarre life, going into the film, just like what Kaufman did to his audience, 'Man on the Moon' f***** with my mind. One of the funniest films I've ever seen. A true biopic that captures the spirit of its subject and weaves that into the soul of the film, embodying it, and that's what makes it so incredibly rare. The 'Man on the Moon' is Andy Kaufman.
When I was watching MAN ON THE MOON, I almost ignored its storytelling. I was amazed by Jim Carrey's performance. At that time, I began to think that I was watching the real Andy Kaufman. Director Milos Forman and Jim Carrey succeed to give such a entertaining biographical drama. I'm sure that Mr. Carrey is the reincarnation of Andy Kaufman. I liked Kaufman's presentation in this movie - that decribed him as a genius