Being John Malkovich

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -3

In this off the wall comedy, puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is hired as a file manager of a small company. Once Craig gets settled into his office, he finds a small door in the wall behind a filing cabinet. When opened, this door reveals a tunnel that leads into the mind of actor John Malkovich (Himself). So, Craig crawls through the tunnel and finds himself inside of John Malkovich for 15 minutes at a time, experiencing and feeling the things that Malkovich feels. Craig and his coworker Maxine (Catherine Keener) decide that this is a perfect money making opportunity, so they put an ad out and sell time slots so that people can be John Malkovich. But when Malkovich begins to suspect that somethings wrong, Craigs plan is in jeopardy. BEING JOHN MALKOVICH could easily be the oddest, most creative movie ever made, and it is definitely funny in its own unique way. John Malkovich is also hilarious as himself, a man in torment over people trying to enter his body.

This film raises an interesting discussion about the nature of reality and what might happen if a person could be another person for a period of time. In going through his adventures, Craig and Malkovich are both confronted by the stark realization that they could drastically change what is real and who people are. However, the film is loaded with sexual content, most notably the three sex scenes that are shownbut without nudity. There is also another sexual encounter implied, along with a scene of implied unconventional sex. Throughout the film, several references to sex are made, and one female character openly struggles with her sexual orientation. Foul language occurs often, with 18 f-words, 10 s-words, and 15 regular profanities. For all its great discussion topics, the reality is that BEING JOHN MALKOVICH has too much sex and foul language.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Gramercy Pictures, 9247 Alden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (9) times - Mild 4, Moderate 5

Obscene Language: Many (38) times (f-word 18, s-word 10, other 10)

Profanity: Many (19) times - Regular 15 (G 4, GD 5, J 4, C 1, For the love of G 1); Exclamatory 4 (Oh my God)

Violence: Several times Mild and Moderate (man hits woman, man hit, gun battle, men fighting)

Sex: Few Times Shown and Implied (never nudity in sex scenes and all but two have motions and noises, implied unconventional sex once, implied sex between unmarried couple, twice between unmarried couple on couch, once between unmarried couple in bed)

Nudity: Once (male rear); Near Nudity - Few times (men and women partially undressed during sex, woman shows cleavage, woman nude under sheets)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (references to sex and unconventional sex, puppets dance sexually, reference to female breasts, man grabs womans breasts and rear)

Drugs: Several times (smoking, alcohol)

Other: Interesting issues raised regarding the nature of reality

Running Time: 112 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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