Man on the Moon is BAD, Here's Why - Nostalgia Critic

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It got a lot of critical and audience praise, but Nostalgia Critic has some major issues with this biographical miss. Let's take a look at Man on the Moon.
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Man on the Moon is a 1999 American biographical comedy-drama film about the late American entertainer Andy Kaufman, starring Jim Carrey as Kaufman. The film was directed by Miloš Forman and also features Danny DeVito, Courtney Love, and Paul Giamatti.
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May 22, 2019




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Steve Carras
Steve Carras 28 days ago
I loved it!
jgfear 2 months ago
I liked it . But I don’t think Andy being Andy would have .
rocknrollkid90 2 months ago
@BlueFlag Alpha He played Dr. Robotnik.
Mr Mister
Mr Mister 3 months ago
It was boring 😴
Esteban Grijalva
Esteban Grijalva 4 days ago
I really love how much research was done to back up why this movie sucked and I applause you
anita dunham
anita dunham 10 days ago
Granted that may be how far he would take it, but are you really saying you want to wait that long for a movie to start
Ben Briefs
Ben Briefs 12 days ago
What the hell is a Hamtaro? I never even saw the bloody show!!
NickersonGeneral 17 days ago
idk critic, I feel like there's a big difference between letting Jim Carrey be a raging douche on set if it mean't getting the movie made, and letting Jim Carrey botch the movie's marketability entirely by Kaufmaning the story. I'm really skeptical even Carrey had enough strings to pull that would let him run the entire credits (with skips and restarts), bring the lights up in theaters, and wait 2 minutes until he reveals the actual movie will start.
Y D 26 days ago
Nostalgia Critic’s The Wall is bad, here’s why:
Rafa Castellon
Rafa Castellon Month ago
fun fact my middle school choir performed at carnegie hall
Rania Hamzeh
Rania Hamzeh Month ago
He didn't fail his psych eval. That's a completely unfounded rumor.
Toby Bartels
Toby Bartels Month ago
27:13 : And it actually did!
Gary Chilpa
Gary Chilpa Month ago
Andy Kaufman should be in the WWE Hall of Fanne
Sebastian Brito
Sebastian Brito Month ago
Critic, why do you think the sopranos was a let down?
Alison Wells
Alison Wells Month ago
Isn't it obvious? NC needs to make a movie about Andy.
MrPickledede Month ago
What the hell was with Jim Carey's darting eyes bullshit because Andy Kaufman never did that
Lonewolf Vicious
The intro sucks
Kaagh178 Month ago
Sonic the Hedgehog ROCKED. Fuck you, Doug.
Kaagh178 Month ago
They Patch Adamsed Andy Kaufman.
Kaagh178 Month ago
I wanna see Doug's version of Man on the Moon!
FREN - OGY Month ago
I think it was over done. Jim did good. But it was too much at times. Method acting doesnt mean act like a tyrannical ass hole and stay in character 24/7. Daniel day Lewis uses method and it flows naturally according to the intensity of the character he portrays.
Throatwobbler Mangrove
It's funny that you mentioned "big budget groups" at 3:32 while showing a picture of Monty Python's Flying Circus, which was easily low budget. Not only was the BBC cheap, but they wouldn't have paid Monty Python any more than they had to anyway. The Pythons were paid £160 per episode, which comes to about £2,250 in 2020 Pounds, not exorbitant by any standard. Hell, one of the most famous things in Python was the fact that they used coconut shells to imitate horses in Holy Grail, and that was because they couldn't afford real horses in the budget.
It's wonderful to look back on his deadpan "Uh huh. That'll save it" months later
JEM ofthe80s
JEM ofthe80s 2 months ago
I'm kind of thinking Jim BELUSHI should've played Andy when I see all of that footage of him...
Laser Pictures
Laser Pictures 2 months ago
Who here is watching this after the Sonic movie came out?
MaskedMarvyl 2 months ago
This movie was completely empty. It seemed strangely dead when I watched it. It was just a collection of Jim Carrey imitating irritating Andy Kaufman routines while the audience laughed hysterically or looked baffled, too dim to appreciate the pure troll brilliance of it; which made it annoying to the third power. Andy Kaufman could be funny when he wasn't trying to be a troll; but for some reason, he seemed to despise being entertaining for its own sake. The movie gave us no insights into his life, or reason why we should care about him. Having the original cast members from Taxi there, to no real person, made the movie seem even more cheap and empty. If the screenwriter had followed his actual early history as Doug Walker suggested, they would at least have had a real movie; but its like the producers didn't trust that to make a successful film (i.e., profitable), so they focused on Jim Carrey recreated Kaufman's routines, whether they made sense or not. I'm not a fan of troll comedy, and why Kaufman insisted on that is a mystery the film never explored; and may have been a mystery Kaufman never understood himself.
Galantski 2 months ago
_Man on the Moon_ proves that a biopic about Andy Kaufman won't work. If Jim Carrey, who's about as perfectly cast as it gets, only makes Andy fans want to go back and watch videos of the real Kaufman in manic action, what's the point? It's nice that those involved really appreciated his anti-humor is great, and kudos for the effort, but in the final analysis only Andy could play Andy, so don't settle for imitations.
Brian O'Connell
Brian O'Connell 2 months ago
Here's a question, why haven't they done a movie about Lenny Bruce?
Jennifer Johnson
Brian O'Connell They have. It’s called Lenny.
Alek Coble
Alek Coble 2 months ago
Little did he know the Sonic movie would turn out to be FANTASTIC!
maldicientin 2 months ago
I am not a fan of this film either but to be fair, Man on The Moon came out in 1999. Practically no one knew or remembered much about Kauffman. It had to be a greatest hits compilation in order to show the man in context. There was no youtube around back then to look him up doing something back in the day.
ClicheName123 2 months ago
sorry guys but: Mott the Hoople and the Game of Life (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) Andy Kaufman in the wrestling match (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) Monopoly, twenty-one, checkers, and chess (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) Mister Fred Blassie in a breakfast mess (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) Let's play Twister, let's play Risk (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) See you heaven if you make the list (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) Now, Andy did you hear about this one? Tell me, are you locked in the punch? Andy are you goofing on Elvis? Hey, baby? Hey, baby, are we losing touch? If you believed they put a man on the moon, man on the moon If you believe there's nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool Moses went walking with the staff of wood (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) Newton got beaned by the apple good (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) Egypt was troubled by the horrible asp (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) Mister Charles Darwin had the gall to ask (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) Now, Andy did you hear about this one? Tell me, are you locked in the punch? Hey, Andy are you goofing on Elvis? Hey baby, are you having fun? If you believed they put a man on the moon, man on the moon If you believe there's nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool Here's a little agit for the never-believer (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) Here's a little ghost for the offering (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) Here's a truck stop instead of Saint Peter's (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) Mister Andy Kaufman's gone wrestling (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) Now, Andy did you hear about this one? Tell me, are you locked in the punch? Hey Andy, are you goofing on Elvis? Hey baby, are we losing touch? If you believed they put a man on the moon, man on the moon If you believe there's nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool If you believed they put a man on the moon, man on the moon If you believe there's nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool If you believed they put a man on the moon, man on the moon If you believe there's nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool If you believed they put a man on the moon, man on the moon If you believe there's nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool
Cooper Robinson
Cooper Robinson 2 months ago
I didn’t know who Andy Koffman was, but I agree with you Critic. Your version of the movie would’ve been amazing.
Timo Aun
Timo Aun 2 months ago
I mean, just because the movie takes its liberties with Andy's life doesn't inherently make it a bad movie. Sure the movie would have been better, but it's still good.
solusanimefan 2 months ago
Lol the jab at Sonic the movie at the end. And here we are in 2020 and it is the second highest grossing movie of the year as of this moment.
Michael 2 months ago
Make a lot of good points here. Really good. A lot of reasons why this isn't a good movie. You did well explaining how they could have been overcome.
Usama Zahid
Usama Zahid 2 months ago
YO! there is one saving grace is that Jim Carrey, Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross were in that particular wrestling match is iconic to me.
Diego Doro
Diego Doro 2 months ago
I liked the film a lot when it came out. Had never heard of Andy and this was a good introduction to his work. Movie took liberties with historical facts in order to tell a story? Well, duh.
Philip Sturgill
Philip Sturgill 2 months ago
The media likes to portray celebrities, and stars, especially unlikely ones or strange ones as being these hidden geniuses who came out of the womb with some amazing, epic plan for greatness. Yet it's a much more powerful story to show who they were before they were great and not to portray them as larger-than-life people, but to show them in a more relatable, human light. To show their mundane struggles, their gradual realization and eventual success going from being a 'normal person' to a celebrity. (Let's face it, at the end of the day celebrities are just relatively 'normal' people who just happen to have an interesting job.) While some celebrities were born into greatness (usually from celebrity parents, which has its own set of problems) a great deal of them were born to a relatively mundane life, and that honestly makes them a lot more interesting in my opinion. It's also a more uplifting message, as it reminds us that each and every one of us can achieve greatness with enough effort, dedication, and a bit of luck.
Antney Bo
Antney Bo 2 months ago
I never watched the movie Kaufman was a one trick pony after the foriegn guy characters He sucked he wasn't funny at all. Just a reality boring act. Sad.
Chad Randall
Chad Randall 2 months ago
Man on The Moon is not a bad movie , its a great movie . Its just a bad representation of the history of the mans life , it took too many liberties . Its still great though . Jim Carrey was born for the role . I'm enchanted at all times with his performance and i love the soundtrack .
I Oftheuniverse
I Oftheuniverse 2 months ago
Sonic movie joke at the end didn't age well :p
Bobi das Warzenschwein
The whole what could have been thing should only be put in a review, if the invisioned story, would had been better told because of that. But you wanted a different story.
jg pliskin
jg pliskin 2 months ago
So is your content
Neil Goldberg
Neil Goldberg 2 months ago
Really impressed with this review, best ive seen, great insight, a great critique.
RetroStation 1989
RetroStation 1989 2 months ago
Hey. I haven't watched in a long while - but I'm always curious about people's take on this movie. I'm wearing my Uncle Andy's Funhouse shirt - - It was to replace the one my dad got for me in the 80s. I made this one myself - because I love two things equally: Kaufman, and wrestling. And with most things you review I vacillate between thinking you're being disingenuous to lightly troll people into outrage and conversation, an old radio DJ trick, or you honestly don't know something. (I refer to Drop The Needle's review of your Wall album/critique - because it's clear you didn't have any idea what you were talking about when writing it. Still, cool to see Corey from Slipknot in your review...but I digress.) In this case, it shocks me (sort of) to learn you don't know about SAG and WGA guidelines for film or forgot about them. I only happen to know a little because I've worked with folks making film a couple of times, and while I've never made a film myself, I learned by being in a couple as an extra and doing some illustration for pre-visualization -- that you can't just do whatever you want with the credits before or after a film. I guarantee each Marvel Avengers actor has in their contract a waiver for certain elements of the opening and closing credit sequences - so they can do mid-sequence teasers or after-credit stings to amp up the audience. The WGA also pushes back when screenwriter credits are delayed or altered or -- in this case -- removed altogether to 'troll the audience'. Credits are actually union-regulated. Getting people to allow a movie to fuck about with the audience -- who will leave because of it, and essentially allow their credit to not be seen; WGA would have shut that shit down immediately. So you get half-measures. This is why his (Andy Kaufman) appeal relies on a stage presence. When you add all the rules of the SAG and WGA and union working conditions, standards and practices -- you stifle the man himself. Which is why he created and obliged by his own 'Vote Andy Off of SNL' -- and got himself banned from Letterman. No one was going to reproduce Kaufman - and while I agree with you on how ham-fisted and 'ACTOR-Y' Jim Carrey got for this role -- he's a method actor. He won the Golden Globe and SAG Award for that role. It was an okay flick. But already -- you're judging a biography of one of the most unique geniuses in comedy versus the man himself. How is the biography going to EVER stack up, man?
Daric 2 months ago
You can basically sum up this review as: "If only people knew Andy as well as *I* do. I could have made a much better film." I guess that's why his popularity is based solely on his critiques. Whenever he tries to make an actual film, they're always garbage.
Sarge TheBarge
Sarge TheBarge 2 months ago
Who’s here after the redesign did save the sonic movie?
Neo von Frankenstein
Thumbs up just for the Russel Brandt comment.
fuksake 2 months ago
Sure it’s a great story but cinematically I cant really see that ferry story as a tear jerking moment...cause it happened after his big climactic show...and he was happy and he made a joke saying it will continue..and then they all showed up...I feel like for it to be in a movie you’d have to put a sad scene inbetween..bring it down then bring it back up again....like he jokes about the show continuing...then he’s really sad for whatever reason..then he wakes up the next morning to a phone call telling him to go to the staten island ferry people there then is surprised by the 300 people
Netherwolf6100 2 months ago
Never seen this movie, never heard of this movie, but listening to Doug explain Andy's life, I honestly want that to get the Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood treatment. Even if its 2-3 hours long like freaking Wolf of Wallstreet I want a bulletpoint perfect representation of this guy's crazy messed up life that led up to his fame. No creative liberties, no corners cut, it sounds like it would make for an amazing film.
Ivanti cristus
Ivanti cristus 2 months ago
At last.
Roland Henning
Roland Henning 2 months ago
Doug, I disagree with a few points. I didn't know who Andy Kaufman was. The movie introduced me to him. I was happy that some of his bits were recreated by Jim Carry, so later I could compare them to the real Andy Kaufman stuff. So I was happy they showed the whole thing. It got me hungry for more. Now that I know a lot more about Andy Kaufman, I think I am glad the movie was approached the way it was.
Rainy Chain
Rainy Chain 2 months ago
I'm deep 8D = I'm in over head 8D
Hugh tube
Hugh tube 2 months ago
Dr. Satan318
Dr. Satan318 2 months ago
Also when has he ever been funny...he just got luckt with a few roles on legendary shows. Solo stuff is horrible....
Dr. Satan318
Dr. Satan318 2 months ago
More like nostalgia critic is jealous and bitches for 20 minutes...
MforMovesets 2 months ago
"Noone wants to see things we know already." Well, you didn't know the scenes they made up, but they suck, right... sigh... gotta watch a Channel Awesome review again. I mean of the channel. Not from the channel.
M Standenberg
M Standenberg 2 months ago
Saw him on Taxi when I was seven. My sense of comedy and wit within character blew up that day.
Brandon Smith
Brandon Smith 2 months ago
How would Shapiro playing Danny Devito's character and Danny Devito being credited as himself be hilarious? I don't get it.
Matteo A.
Matteo A. 2 months ago
That *did* save it.
One of the Outcast
One of the Outcast 2 months ago
Little did he know the redesign did save sonic
pvthitch 2 months ago
I was the audience plant at a Tony Clifton show.
Gabrielle261 2 months ago
In a stunning turn of events the redesign actually did kindof save the sonic movie
Edz 2 months ago
I used to like NC now his videos are unbearable
Omar Khan
Omar Khan 2 months ago
nvr do a jim carry impression
Mario Bowser494
Mario Bowser494 2 months ago
Jim Carrey is one of my favourite actors but he acted horribly behind set.
James Mann
James Mann 2 months ago
I guess all biopics could be better than what they're presented to be I myself don't care for the biopics that do not tell the truth full of inaccuracies about the person or the person that they're trying to tell a story about I want to hear casting these biopics just a thought you might want to get an actor or actress that can play the part and look something like the individual that separate rang or the person or persons store that they're trying to tell like the new one with Tom Hanks it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood where he's playing Fred Rogers I may not like the fact that they fit Tom Hanks but Tom Hanks is a gifted he's a fine actor there are few other actors that I would have picked to portray Fred Rogers and the beautiful day in the neighborhood but I'm not in Hollywood does it affect my life no it's a biopic I just hope that it is accurate and they do tell the truth and do a favor representation of whoever they're trying to tell the story of these people all in with this thought if you are going to do these biopics you have to tell the whole truth everything good bad the ugly everything otherwise what's the point
Ryu Noku
Ryu Noku 2 months ago
wow of all the movies to say you haven't heard of im surprised u didn't hear how terrible these waste of disturbing films are.
WarMachineII08 _
WarMachineII08 _ 2 months ago
0:47 are we all ignoring the fallout 76 picture?
rocknrollkid90 2 months ago
This movie deserves a Blu-ray, release, through, “The Criterion Collection.”
Mordecai Harmon
Mordecai Harmon 18 days ago
I agree!
Gillster 37
Gillster 37 2 months ago
WanderingWolfos 94
WanderingWolfos 94 2 months ago
Hee hee fallout 76 ... I shouldn’t laugh... my dumb butt preordered the damn thing
Kunisake 2 months ago
Maybe it's time for a remake. But when it comes to making a biography about someone that existed, why would you make anything up? Wouldn't that be disrespectful? If a movie tells the audience one thing but it wasn't exactly how it happened, that's lying
may)(day 2 months ago
Aaaand funny enough, jim carrey is the Worst part of the new sonic movie
Mateus Cristian's Channel
We watched diffent movies! He was the second best part.
Jason Nunez
Jason Nunez 2 months ago
The redesign did save the movie and Jim Carrey was great in Sonic.
Dragon's Den Gaming
Dragon's Den Gaming 2 months ago
@Jason Nunez if fourth rate and thirteenth place mean success to you that is sad, that's like the cinema equivalent to a participation trophy.
Jason Nunez
Jason Nunez 2 months ago
Dragon's Den Gaming After just two weekends in theaters, Sonic's domestic total stood at $106.5 million, which, at that time, already ranked the film as the fourth-highest-grossing video game film of all time domestically. And its worldwide total of $203 million ranked as the 13th highest ever at the international box office. That sounds like a success to me.
Dragon's Den Gaming
Dragon's Den Gaming 2 months ago
@Jason Nunez you
Jason Nunez
Jason Nunez 2 months ago
Dragon's Den Gaming what’s incorrect?
Dragon's Den Gaming
Dragon's Den Gaming 2 months ago
statt spikech
statt spikech 2 months ago
So full of shit that movie was fantastic hey douchebag write your own script for real lets see how that goes bet it sucks hard
RageON! 2 months ago
SO funny the authority this Doug Walker fella uses to say that Kauffman would have or wouldnt have done something lol
Tyler Frazier
Tyler Frazier 2 months ago
At first glance I thought this was called Manson on The Moon
Cydoni Trusste
Cydoni Trusste 2 months ago
Jerry Lawler hated this film and being in it. He said Jim constantly treated him like shit even though Andy was his close friend who always was respectful. Jim acted towards Lawler like Andy did as his wrestling character not his friend.
Willey singleton
Willey singleton 2 months ago
No whats bad is Walter B
Rob 2 months ago
What a dumb video, why did i get this shit recommended?
John Joyner
John Joyner 2 months ago
18:40 There's another word for that Critic, it's called kayfabe. That's a wrestling joke if you don't get it.
Dave Sandison
Dave Sandison 2 months ago
I loved your review of the Wall.
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