"Being John Malkovich" Is Released

Being John Malkovich is a 1999 dramedy film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze.

It stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, and John Malkovich, who plays a fictionalized version of himself. The plot brings to the forefront several issues in contemporary philosophy of mind, such as the nature of self and consciousness, the mind-body dichotomy, and sensory perception.

The film has become a cult classic.

Welcome to the fun house: in this exhilaratingly quirky first feature by Spike Jonze, a stellar video director, the reigning fears and obsessions of a technology-crazed, voyeuristic culture are given an even wilder workout than they got from "The Truman Show." John Cusack plays a discouraged puppeteer who accidentally finds a way into John Malkovich's mind. While the ordinary science-fiction plot might go downhill after revealing its gimmick, this one's inspired craziness goes on and on. Originality and cleverness abound. — Janet Maslin, The New York Times