Parents' Guide to

Being John Malkovich

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Kids won't get this sex-driven, head-trip comedy.

Movie R 1999 112 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+

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Too much sex
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (3):

Dude, here's a head trip for you: Being John Malkovich, like The Big Lebowski, is like taking a wild ride through a surreal world. Unlike Lebowski, Malkovich is expressly not about being yourself and getting your rug back, man. It's about the joy of being someone else -- someone famous and therefore better.

The characters are unabashedly narcissistic and borderline sociopaths. Craig, for instance, creates a puppet of himself and choreographs him having a meltdown. The fun is in watching them do completely unbelievable things. And there's no need for sympathy for the characters -- it's about watching the train wreck that ensues and enjoying all the bizarre and funny lines in the truly inventive script. Of course it's weird. That's what's so fun. Don't think, just watch it and enjoy.

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