Man on the Moon

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Released 1999

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Director:
Milos Forman
Released:
1999
Rating:
R
Man on the Moon is a biographical movie on the late comedian Andy Kaufman. Kaufman, along with his role on "Taxi," was famous for being the self-declared Intergender Wrestling Champion of the world. After beating women time and time again, Jerry Lawler (who plays himself in the movie), a professional wrestler, got tired of seeing all of this and decided to challenge Kaufman to a match. In most of the matches the two had, Lawler prevailed with the piledriver, which is a move by spiking a guy head-first into the mat. In one of the most famous moments in this feud was in the early 80s when Kaufman threw coffee on Lawler on "The Late Show with David Letterman," got into fisticuffs with Lawler, and proceeded to sue NBC.

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  • 60

    The New York Times

    What is missing here, though it might have been the first thing expected from an ostensible film biography, is an answer to the simplest question: Who was Andy Kaufman, and how did...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Unfortunately for Man on the Moon, Kaufman is definitely a person more interesting to hear about than to experience, an acquired taste few will be tempted to acquire.

  • 30

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Never comes close to making the case that its subject is worthy of the viewer's interest.

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    Categories

    Comedy, Drama

    Themes

    Love & Romance, Romantic Comedy, Biography, Historical