Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond


Directed by
Chris Smith
Produced by
Brendan Fitzgerald, Danny Gabai and Spike Jonze
Edited by
Barry Poltermann
Production Partners
Vice Documentary Films

Official Site

Prime Time Emmy
Nominee - Best Documentary
LA Film Critics
Winner - Best Documentary

In 1999, Milos Forman cast Jim Carrey to play cult comedian Andy Kaufman in the biopic Man on the Moon-but only after Carrey had convinced the renowned Czech director by nailing Kaufman in an audition. When Carrey heard that he had the part, he was in Malibu looking out at the ocean. What would Kaufman say? Carrey wondered before deciding that Kaufman would communicate telepathically. At that moment, a pod of some thirty dolphins broke the surface of the sea-and Carrey’s odyssey into Kaufman began.

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.

On Rotten Tomatoes, 92% of reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.4/10. The website’s consensus reads: “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.”

Insightful, inane and wildly entertaining.

Jordan Hoffman
The Guardian

A film that needs to be viewed… an it-will-change-your-life-in-one-swift-move masterpiece.

E. Nina Rothe
Huffington Post

“Jim & Andy” slides from art to life — thoughtfully poking around in that blurred space between them — and jumps around in time, all while flipping from Kaufman to Mr. Carrey and then to Mr. Carrey as Mr. Kaufman. The result is a complexly layered and textured Cubist portrait, one that’s been constructed from fragments of its two title subjects and their work.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times

“Jim & Andy” is fleetly edited and animated by a sense of discovery. Engrossing, hilarious, provocative and inspiring.

Owen Gleiberman

A multilayered exploration of celebrity, performance, identity, and the blurred boundaries between art and life.

David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter