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Wacky, Trippy and Wonderful

  • Jan 18, 2000
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+3
Pros: Cameron Diaz, John Cusak

Cons: Not for "regular folks", must be slightly demented to enjoy

Hmmm.... on the way back from seeing this jaw dropper of a film, no one in the car could think of anything to say. No kidding, we all drove back to the house in total silence. That's how I feel about this film.

It's bizarre, introspective, hysterically funny, icky, and wonderful all rolled up into one. There is really no way to categorize it other than you have to see it to believe it. It's a joke within a puzzle, within a pun, within a chuckle, etc.... (you get the picture).

Cameron Diaz is unrecognizable as she plays the role of the unfulfilled pet store employee. Her husband is John Cusak who is an unfulfilled artist who forces himself to get a job to make ends meet. They both fall in love with the same person that John meets at the office.

John Malkovich is really a side character to all of this but he plays himself and what a role it is. To sum up this movie, it's about longing for what you don't have, whether it's a person, a career, a body, or a life. It's about looking at life from the inside, and what you would do differently.

A genuine original, well worth the admission price. I still am talking about this movie.



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