Adaptation

Adaptation

Adaptation

A troubled screenwriter writing an adaptation written by a troubled screenwriter writing an adaptation. Charlie Kaufman's insanely genius script, based on Susan Orlean's novel The Orchid Thief said as much about the writer's own neuroses and anxieties about Hollywood as it did the character's, played with compelling self-loathing by Nicholas Cage. Spike Jonze (in only his second film after Being John Malcovich) expertly oversaw acting talents Meryl Streep, Tilda Swinton and Chris Cooper as they flirted with the psychedelic borders of a seriously labyrinthine script.

Best Supporting Actor (Chris Cooper), 2003 Academy Awards; Best Supporting Actor (Cooper), Actress (Streep), 2003 BAFTAs; Best Screenplay at the 2003 Golden Globes
2002Rating: MA15+114 minsUSA
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Adaptation / Reviews

The New York Times

The New York Times

Cage and Jonze share a casual, daredevil sensibility, and the two of them -- or should I say the three of them? -- pull off one of the most amazing technical stunts in recent film history.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Cage gives one of the best performances of his recent career as the Kaufmans. He's a natural in this role, especially when that great horse face breaks into an ingratiating grin...

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Both Kaufmans are played by Nicolas Cage, whose goofy, moon-faced sincerity has never been put to funnier use.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

What a bewilderingly brilliant and entertaining movie this is.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Kaufman and Jonze take huge risks to ponder the whole notion of passion -- our desire as human beings for passion in our lives and the emptiness one feels when it is missing.

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