Adaptation [DVD] [2002]

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  • Release Date: 12/07/2010
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 5)

Synopsis


Adaptation
The creative team behind Being John Malkovich -- director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman -- return with this equally offbeat comedy, in which Kaufman himself becomes the leading character. Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) is a gifted but profoundly neurotic screenwriter who, after the success of Being John Malkovich, has been hired to write a script adapted from the nonfiction book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean. But while Charlie is obsessive about his work, he's also intensely paranoid, given to deep depression, socially inept, and terrified of talking to women, qualities which are making it difficult to get on with his work or hold on to his tenuous relationship with girlfriend Amelia (Cara Seymour). Meanwhile, Charlie's identical twin brother, Donald Kaufman (also played by Cage), has shown up to move in with his brother. Emotionally, Donald is Charlie's polar opposite -- a loudmouthed, over-confident, superficial party animal who has an easy way with the ladies. Donald has decided to follow his brother's footsteps and take up screenwriting as well, but embracing the dictates of screenwriting tutor Robert McKee (Brian Cox), he's cranking out a cliché-ridden serial-killer thriller when not busy making time with new girlfriend Caroline (Maggie Gyllenhaal). As Donald blazes through his screenplay, Charlie slowly picks away at his story, in which author Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep) chronicles John Laroche (Chris Cooper), a scruffy but devoted plant enthusiast who tries to save rare species of orchids by stealing them from their natural home in the swamps of Florida. As John and Susan become better acquainted, they find themselves attracted to one another; similarly, Charlie finds himself increasingly fascinated with Susan, and finds himself falling in love with her, even though he's only seen her photo on the dust jacket of her book. Charlie arranges to meet Susan, but is too nervous to confront her face to face, so he sends Donald (who has just scored a seven-figure deal for his script) in his place, while he attends a screenwriting seminar held by McKee. Adaptation also features Tilda Swinton, Judy Greer, and Stephen Tobolowsky. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Nicolas Cage
    Nicolas Cage - Charlie Kaufman, Donald Kaufman
  • Meryl Streep
    Meryl Streep - Susan Orlean
  • Chris Cooper
    Chris Cooper - John Laroche
  • Brian Cox
    Brian Cox - Robert McKee



Customer rating

4.4
80%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A brilliant film from the mind of Charlie Kaufman

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    KobeBean
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    A great film from the mind of genius screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. One of the best films of the decade on a great blu ray.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great performance by Nicolas Cage!

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    JimboDune
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    One of my favorites from Cage. Funny little gem and great to have on Blu-Ray.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great film

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    Josh
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    Great movie. Nice transfer. Nic Cage at his Nic Cageiest

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very funny

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    King1995
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    Great performance by Nicholas cage and c screenpla

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok

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    Pjdl
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    Strange. A bit slow. Moderate recommendation. Iffy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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