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.
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
[re-watched some years later]
I think the movie gets Kaufman's vibe, and catch us since the beginning. We understand Andy better by watching this, a really nice work on his way of seeing the soft line between reality and television. I wouldn't call Kaufman a genius comedian but a visionary.
A story of a entertainment proletarian who dedicated all his life to comedy and "fakeness". That's why his family didn't even believe his lung cancer. Film was excellent , cause it showed us Kaufman's innovative side and his protest view of monotony.