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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.


Charlie Kaufman
3,456 ( 337)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 77 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
David Thewlis ... Michael Stone (voice)
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Lisa Hesselman (voice)
Tom Noonan ... Everyone else (voice)


Michael Stone, an author that specializes in customer service, is a man who is unable to interact deeply with other people. His low sensitivity to excitement, and his lack of interest made him a man with a repetitive life on his own perspective. But, when he went on a business trip, he met a stranger - an extraordinary stranger, which slowly became a cure for his negative view on life that possibly will change his mundane life. Written by Gusde

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Welcome to the Kaufman surreal-neorealism tale in a dull world of sameness.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The classic movie the protagonist puts on TV, reenacted with puppets, was originally supposed to be Casablanca (1942), but the production could not afford to license it so it was changed to My Man Godfrey (1936), which was in the public domain. See more »


When Michael is checking into the hotel, the receptionist hands him his hotel key card and Michael places it into his back pocket. But when the bellboy shows Michael to his room, the bellboy has the key card in his back pocket now. See more »


Michael Stone: Who are you Donna? Who are you, really?
Everyone else: [Donna] Oh for fuck's sake!
[collects herself, turning to Henry]
Everyone else: Sorry honey. Mommy said a bad word.
[looks back at Michael]
Everyone else: Oh for fuck's sake Michael. I don't know who I am. I mean, who are you? Who is anyone? Who could answer that question?
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: The 2016 Oscars (2016) See more »


Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Written by Robert Hazard
Italian translation by Stefano Tomaselli
Vocals by Jennifer Jason Leigh
Used by permission of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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User Reviews

Would have been a great short film
7 November 2015 | by jdelaine-26862See all my reviews

I am a huge Charlie Kaufman fan, and was very excited to get the chance to see this film at the Denver Film Festival this week. However, this film was extremely disappointing. The plot was quite boring and the film really just seemed to be a character study of loneliness and mental health deterioration. It would have made a great short film, but it was entirely too long for such a low-quality plot. The ending left me extremely unsatisfied.

However, I did enjoy the animation, sound, and other technical aspects of the film. But I'd have to rate this 5 stars and place it next to down there next to Schenectady, New York as one of my least favorite Charlie Kaufman films. Apparently I prefer films he writes but does not direct. I'm ready for another Spike Jonze collaboration!

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English | Italian | Japanese

Release Date:

11 March 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anomalisa See more »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,222, 3 January 2016

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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