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YMMV: Being John Malkovich
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich!
  • Bizarro Movie: Next time somebody tells you there are no original ideas for movies anymore, show 'em this.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: One actor playing a fan was told to work in the word "retard" as much as possible in his brief scene with Malkovich. Which he did.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The movie itself suffers from this, due to the characters having selfish desires for their wants; barring the eponymous John Malkovich himself.
  • The Danza (but very easy to mistake for As Himself): John Malkovich as John Malkovich. The former has said the latter bears "only the faintest resemblance" to himself. Among other differences, his middle name is changed (from Gavin to Horatio), he really had never been in "that jewel thief movie" at the time, and he doesn't live in New York.
  • Defictionalization. A lot of people in the film compliment John Malkovich for his role as a jewel thief. However, as the character repeatedly pointed out, he'd never played a jewel thief by 1999. In 2003, he played a jewel thief in Johnny English.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Charlie Sheen's cameo, after his 2011 breakdown.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Throughout the film, lots of characters praise John for being in a "jewel thief movie", which he flatly denies, and this was true at the time. Later, he was in Johnny English, where he played the Big Bad who has the British Crown Jewels stolen as part of his plot to take over the UK.
    • Charlie Sheen is the friend Malkovich talks to when he feels like he's going crazy, and needs a sane man to bounce ideas off of. Yup.
  • Hollywood Homely: The film does this to Cameron Diaz. Now there's a Mind Screw
  • Memetic Mutation: Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich.
  • Paranoia Fuel
  • Tear Jerker: Malkovich's joy at being freed from Craig's control...only moments before he's permanently taken over by Lester and his gang.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Have you seen this movie?

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