Adaptation 2002

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A lovelorn screenwriter turns to his less talented twin brother for help when his efforts to adapt a non-fiction book go nowhere.

Starring:
Nicolas Cage,Meryl Streep
Runtime:
1 hour, 54 minutes

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Adaptation

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Genres Drama, Crime, Comedy
Director Spike Jonze
Starring Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep
Supporting actors Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Judy Greer, Brian Cox, Ron Livingston, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Curtis Hanson, John Cusack, Cara Seymour, John Cu
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
In ADAPTATION, the audience views sequences from alternating storylines, one from the present and one 3-years past, until both converge at the film's conclusion.
In the "past", New York journalist Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep) is researching a story, eventually to become the book "The Orchid Thief", about John Laroche (Chris Cooper), whose passion is collecting endangered species of orchids to serve as nursery stock. Actually, he poaches them from protected nature preserves in the south Florida swamps. But, since he has Native Americans indigenous to the region doing the picking, his operation is legally untouchable under an arcane interpretation of the law.
In the "present", Nicolas Cage plays the dual roles of Charlie Kaufman and his identical twin Donald. Charlie is the accomplished screenwriter adapting "The Orchid Thief" to the Silver Screen. Donald also wants to be a screenwriter, and is in the process of authoring his first script. Charlie is handicapped by a severe lack of self esteem, which is exacerbated by his inability to find the muse for his current assignment as well a his failure to establish a relationship with a woman. It doesn't help that he shares a roof with Donald, his complete opposite. Donald is self-assured, successful with the ladies, and positively gushing with creative juices as he writes his initial screenplay.
Without the use of any special make-up tricks, each of the Kaufman twins is instantly recognizable by the viewer. Cage manages this differentiation with an acting performance worthy of an Oscar nomination. Charlie's gloom is consistently marked by the downturned corners of his mouth and a general hangdog look. He's Major Downer personified.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Miss B on 5 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
From the reviews posted here, it would seem there is no middle ground reaction to this film. Like marmite you either love it or hate it. I loved it- it is one of my favourite films of all time, and one that I could watch again and again.

It is off beat, quirky, breaks all the rules of storytelling in film, and yet has so many layers it challenges the viewer to keep up.

If you favour off beat non-mainstream film and enjoyed 'Being John Machovich, Im sure you to will find it an awe inspiring experience. If you are more into mainstream hollywood blockbusters, I would probably steer clear.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on 9 Aug. 2003
Format: DVD
"Adaptation" is an overwhelmingly brilliant and ingenious film that forces you to think and pay attention to every little detail in order to get the joke. This is not one of those movies where you can just sit down and enjoy, this is one that you really have to focus on and be prepared to be caught off guard. From the same people who brought you "Being John Malkovitch" comes this stunningly amazing and original film that forces you to use your brain.
The movie is about Charlie Kaufman, a screenwriter who has agreed to adapt the book "The Orchid Thief" by Susan Orlean into a screenplay. He wants to make a movie that is true to itself and that isn't filled with sex, drugs, car chases, murder, and so on. However, he is having a lot of trouble trying to make it work for a screenplay and is experiencing some serious writer's block. It eventually gets to the point where the script he is writing is no longer about the book "The Orchid Thief," but is now about him trying to adapt the book into a movie and what has transpired to get himself there. That is ONLY a fraction of the movie. The rest I will not divulge because there are a lot of subtle surprises and twists.
I was in absolute awe when the ending credits started to roll. I wanted to applaud, I wanted to yell, and I wanted to shout. My mouth was on the floor by the time it was all said and done, and it stayed in my head for the rest of the night. This is a superb movie that toyed with all of us from start to finish. And what was great was that half of the audience did not like it because they didn't "get it." For once, I "got it" and nobody else in that theatre did. It's usually the opposite with me, which was why I was so amazed. The subtleness and the cleverness that prevailed in this film was really a sight to see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Taylor on 7 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
I bought this film in a charity shop never having heard of it for a pound. Like 'Magnolia' this film does not conform to any known genre. Like life itself it sets out on a course it can never follow and the whole point of the film is the path of necessity that nature follows to fulfill its ends, whatever they may be. You may, as I did find the ending rather disappointing since it finally veers into standard 'rational' thriller pulp fiction, having been a quite profound observation on the evolution of human behaviour, but disappointment is also part of the theme and in my view it's definitely-definitely worth a watch. Great performances by Streep and Cage - who proves he can actually act. 4 stars because DVD transfer was only 'good' and ending was too scripted and didn't reflect quality of the original book but still the best pound I've spent for years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. M. Havicon on 14 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
Here's a film that tries to be a lot of different things, pitching the mad mix of elements as something unique, wheras it's really just one super cliche made up of a lot of minor cliches. There's a lot of jumping about in time, mixing fantasy with reality, twins (without the hilarious consequences), an attempt to regurgitate the "real life tie-in" we first saw with Being John Malkovitz in a slightly off-pitch manner, and really loads of other duff elements too many to mention. Major acting talents Cage and Streep are tested to the max by playing ordinary fallible characters, and that really is the only charm of the film. Art for art's sake, to coin an old phrase.
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