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

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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of method acting in action -- and one star's journey toward something like personal acceptance.

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Director Chris Smith's fascinating deep dive into actor Jim Carrey's time spent portraying famed and complicated comedian Andy Kaufman. Using approximately 100 hours of footage shot on the set of Man on the Moon documenting Carrey's transformation into Kaufman for four months. Jim Carrey earned critical acclaim and a Golden Globe for the performance, but many of the production's most Kaufmanesque moments played out behind the scenes, thankfully captured on video by Andy's former girlfriend, Lynne Margulies and former writing partner, Bob Zmuda. In Jim & Andy, Carrey looks back at the resulting footage 18 years later, reflecting on how he and Andy came up in oddly parallel universes, his experience channelling Andy and Tony and more broadly the spiritual journey of his career.

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Critic Reviews for Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton

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  • One of the most powerful metaphors of Jim & Andy is that life itself is a kind of performance.

    January 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Jim & Andy finds Carrey in an intriguing place, what he calls "a quiet, gentle seat in the universe."

    November 20, 2017 | Full Review…

    Ian Crouch

    New Yorker
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  • Smith weaves footage of Kaufman's emergence onto the comedy scene with Carrey's, and suggests that both performers drew from a similar (if not the exact same) well of pain.

    November 18, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Smart, appalling and illuminating.

    November 17, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • ... thanks to "Jim & Andy," viewers will come away not just with greater insight about them, but also the pitfalls that potentially face those who beat the odds by turning an open-mic night into a thriving career.

    November 17, 2017 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    CNN.com
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  • Jim & Andy works best as a reminder of the skill level and commitment of its two title performers.

    November 17, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton

  • Nov 25, 2017
    It is quite nice to see these images released to the public after so many years, now in a curious documentary that explores Jim Carrey's creative process showing us how he embraced the character of Andy Kaufman and even treated him (as well as Tony Clifton) as a real human being.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2017
    Great documentary with a lot of behind the scenes footage from the making of "Man on the moon." Carrey disappearing entirely behind his role Andy Kaufman/Tony Clifton at the time and looking back on that period and his entire career now are telling us a lot about the man, the actor and his roles. The similarities between him and Kaufman are striking.
    Jens S Super Reviewer

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