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Being John Malkovich Movie Synopsis & Plot

At last, a movie for anyone who ever wanted to be someone ... else.

Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is nearing the end of his string. A gifted street puppeteer, Craig nonetheless is coming up empty-cupped: New York City has little use, or tolerance, for his special talents. His ten-year marriage to Lotte (Cameron Diaz), a workaholic pet store employee who literally brings her work home with her, has become habitual at best. They have no money, no passion, no escape.

With no other prospects, the nimble-fingered Craig takes a job as an entry-level filing clerk at LesterCorp., a "small" company located on the 7 1/2th floor of Manhattan's Mertin-Flemmer office building. At his orientation, he meets the beautiful Maxine (Catherine Keener), and, for Craig, it's obsession at first sight. To him, Maxine is an object just waiting to be affected, a woman just waiting to get loved. To Maxine, however, Craig is a no go.

Dejected and rejected, Craig retreats into his office to file. In a moment of exasperation, he slams the drawer, causing a folder to fall behind the cabinet. Upon moving the cabinet, a small boarded-up door is revealed. Prying open the door, Craig uncovers a passageway. Cautiously, he climbs in-and is suddenly sucked through a dark, wet tunnel. There is a flash of bright light, and then, all at once, Craig realizes that he has discovered a portal that is an all-access pass to the unique experience that is John Malkovich! He is being John Malkovich...

And this is Just the beginning.

MOVIE REVIEW

What would being John Malkovich be like? He's one of the most respected performers of the time, a great actor, and from what I've heard, an interesting character. Maybe that's why he is the title character in Being John Malkovich, a weird, twisted story about a man (John Cusack), his wife (Cameron Diaz), a woman that both of them are infatuated with (Catherine Keener), and an actor with a portal inside his head located on the seven and a half floor of a corporate building (John Malkovich). It's weirder than it sounds.
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