“Malkovich? Malkovich. Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich. MALKOVICH!”
Being John Malkovich starts out as a relatively dark movie with quirky humor about a down-on-his-luck puppeteer Craig (John Cusack) who falls for a ravishing woman colleague named Maxine (Catherine Keener) at his new office job. After Craig’s many passes at her, all failing miserably, the two form an odd relationship when he finds a portal that lets you see the world through the eyes of actor John Malkovich (played by John Malkovich, DUDE) for 15 minutes before being tossed on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike once the mind-trip ends. The two begin running a business exploiting the embodiment of Malkovich and the film’s plot takes off when Craig’s wife Lotte (Cameron Diaz) experiences the portal for herself, culminating in life-altering changes to her psyche and changing the lives of Craig, Maxine, herself, and Malkovich forever.