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on 9 August 2005
Man On The Moon is just like watching Andy Kaufman - funny at times but with long stretches finding yourself feeling slightly confused and uncomfortable.
Carey's performance is undoubtedly good; he's obviously put in a lot of hard work for the role. His 'Foreign Man' and Tony Clifton are very good, and he's unexpectedly believable as Kaufman. However I found the film clumsy at times. There is no real sense of timescale as Kaufman's career progresses, and the introduction of Courtney Love as a love interest is neither here nor there. The movie toys with the idea of exploring the multiple facets of the comic, including the 'real' Kaufman, but never really achieves any depth and ultimately fails in this respect. Paul Giamatti and Danny Devito don't have the meatiest of roles and you get the feeling Courtney Love was left largely on the editing room floor.
If Man On The Moon wasn't based on a true story I might not recommend it. But the story of Andy Kaufman is absolutely enthralling and, along with Carey's enthusiastic performance, carries the film. Worth seeing.