Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017)

Director: Chris Smith. 94 min. Canada/USA. Documentary.

Briefly in the 90s, Jim Carrey was a phenomenon.We laughed at his body-contorting comedy, but then ... we saw through him. He turned to dramatic roles, married Jenny McCarthy, joined the Anti-Vax movement - none of which worked. So in a final redemptive attempt, he reminisces on his role in Man on the Moon (one of the greatest of 1999), where he method acted Andy Kaufman to life. And while Carrey offers some good philosophical mesmerizing, we're never sure addressing his own "Andy" in third person is the real thing, or just another gratuitous publicity stunt. Just look at the film's title.

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