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Anomalisa (2015)

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A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.


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Complete credited cast:
Michael Stone (voice)
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Welcome to the Kaufman surreal-neorealism tale in a dull world of sameness.

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Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 January 2016 (Germany)  »

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Anomalisa  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$135,222 (USA) (1 January 2016)


$3,442,820 (USA) (18 March 2016)

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If you can make it through the first half, there's some interesting stuff
30 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love the writer Charlie Kaufman, but I'm not as enamored of the director Charlie Kaufman, who indulges his worst tendencies in a way others won't.

Anomalisa starts very slowly, as middle-aged Michael comes into Cincinnati to give a lecture. The movie has a great love for the mundane, so we get a taxi driver giving advice, we get Michael's checking in and ordering dinner, we get an uncomfortable dinner with an ex.

The only notable thing in the early part of this animated drama is that everyone Michael meets is voiced by one actor, both men and women. Only Michael has a unique voice. Then he meets a young, insecure woman who also has a unique voice (wonderfully done by Jennifer Jason Leigh), and this leads to bland conversation and a rather long sex scene.

After all that, I was bored and restless, but then the movie picks up, offering a fascinating scene in the hotel basement after which the movie is weird, funny, sad, and brutally honest.

In both Anomalisa and Synecdoche, Kaufman proves he's comfortable with boring people before getting around to giving Kaufman's fans what they have come to expect from him through movies like BJM and Adaptation. This movie is a slight step up from Synecdoche, but it's still disappointing, although perhaps worth watching anyway.

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