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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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.
[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 comic genius but a visionary.
As much as Jim Carey masterfully embodies Andy Kaufman before our very eyes, the film itself has become somewhat of an embodiment of the man, as well: controversial, misunderstood, but endearing. The film ranks up there with Milos Foreman's other great works, and this is certainly one of Jim Carey's finest performances.
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.
In such awe by this film. Jim Carey is just so phenomenal when he does something serious. The film is made pretty well but it thrives on who it depicts. Andy Kaufman. I'm having trouble finding what to write, I'm just too happy, sad, angry, and emotional, just like Andy would've wanted it.