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Adaptation (2002)

Adaptation

Overview


Genre

Comedy

Release Date

December 06, 2002

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

114 min.

Production Budget

$19 millions

Studio

Columbia Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Spike Jonze

Producer

Jonathan Demme, Vincent Landay, Edward Saxon

Screenwriter

Donald Kaufman, Charlie Kaufman

Starring

Story


From director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, the team responsible for the highly acclaimed "Being John Malkovich", comes "Adaptation", a wildly unconventional comedy about a writer who, out of sheer desperation decides to insert himself into the screenplay he's struggling to adapt. It's a great idea, until reality and fiction begin to overlap in the most unexpected ways.

Despite the success of his first produced script, "Being John Malkovich", for which he recieved an Academy Award(R) nomination for best original screenplay, Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) is plagued by insecurities, both in his career and his personal life. When he is hired to adapt "The Orchid Thief", a nonfiction book about a fanatical orchid breeder, John Laroche (Chris Cooper), he is completely stumped. Though, on the surface, the book is about Laroche's flower poaching adventures in the Florida Everglades, on another level it's also about the desire in all of us to experience passion. This longing plagues the book's author, Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep) and, Charlie realizes, himself as well.

Charlie's twin brother, Donald Kaufman (also played by Nicolas Cage), only makes things worse when he moves in with Charlie and announces he's going to be a screenwriter too. As Charlie battles his severe case of writer's block, Donald cheerily types away on a script about a serial killer with multiple-personality disorder. Donald's script immediately sells, making him the "hot" new writer in town. As if Charlie wasn't feeling bad enough, Donald is also getting laid regularly, while Charlie can't even get to first base.

Then, one day, Charlie has a last ditch inspiration. He'll use his own dilemma as a framework for the script about Laroche and Orlean. But as the words start to flow, and the story takes shape, Charlie inadvertently sets in motion a chain of events impacting on the lives of all the characters.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..extremely funny..”
by Rod Amstrong [Reel]
“..an occasionally maddening and sometimes brilliant motion picture that varies between being insightfully sharp and insufferably self-indulgent..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
“..Adaptation. is a film for artists by artists and the action is at once cloyingly self-conscious and remarkably true..”
by Ed Gonzalez [Slant Magazine]