Adaptation

Adaptation

Spike Jonze (2002)

110min
15 Certificate
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Being John Malkovich director Spike Jonze again demonstrates his astonishing style and originality with this inventive comedy drama. Based on the Bafta-winning screenplay by previous collaborator Charlie Kaufman (who credits his fictitious twin brother Donald as co-writer, the first of many games Kaufman plays), the film takes the idea of life imitating art to new extremes. Instead of a straight adaptation of journalist Susan Orlean's non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, Jonze presents a surreal version of Kaufman turning the literary work into a screenplay. It's a dark, hilarious and visually intoxicating celluloid trip, made even more appealing by a riveting double turn from Nicolas Cage as both the creatively blocked Charlie and Donald, who's an aspiring screenwriter of action blockbusters. However, in a delicious tale crammed with such ingenuity, it's Meryl Streep who's the biggest revelation. She lets her hair down to incredible effect as the experience-hungry Susan Orlean, adding the final brilliant touch to a dazzling and emotionally vibrant movie.

Summary

A neurotic screenwriter has an uphill struggle trying to adapt a book into a film script, and is further hampered by his interfering twin brother, who has decided to make a serial thriller of his own. Comedy drama from director Spike Jonze, starring Nicolas Cage in a dual role alongside Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper, who won an Oscar for his performance.

Cast & Crew

Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman Nicolas Cage
Susan Orlean Meryl Streep
John Laroche Chris Cooper
Valerie Tilda Swinton
Amelia Cara Seymour
Robert McKee Brian Cox
Alice the waitress Judy Greer
Caroline Maggie Gyllenhaal
Marty Ron Livingston
Matthew Osceola Jay Tavare
Ranger Steve Neely Stephen Tobolowsky
Defense attorney Peter Jason
Orlean's husband Curtis Hanson
John Cusack John Cusack
Catherine Keener Catherine Keener
John Malkovich John Malkovich
Director Spike Jonze
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Columbia TriStar Guidance: Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 28 Feb 2003

Comedy Drama

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