over 3 years
A screenwriter's film. Very meta.
over 5 years
Cooper & Streep are having a ball, when they're on the screen you are too. The rest is OK.
over 5 years
A great story which doesn't quite live up to its promise to "wow them in the end."
over 6 years
A masterfully structured mess that is wild to follow. Another Spike Jonze masterpiece.
A very good, thought-provoking film worth multiple views
over 7 years
Would have liked it better had Nic Cage not been in it but nonetheless very enjoyable.
almost 8 years
'Meta' doesn't even begin to cover it.
Much to Charlie Kaufman's rejoice, a very original movie about a self-obsessed playwright.
Loses itself a little bit in the second half, but definitely a fun, original movie.
Adaptation. is a 2002 American comedy-drama film directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film is based on Susan Orlean's non-fiction book The Orchid Thief through self-referential events. The film stars Nicolas Cage as Charlie and Donald Kaufman, Meryl Streep as Susan, with Chris Cooper, Cara Seymour, Brian Cox, Tilda Swinton, Ron Livingston and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film tells the story of Charlie Kaufman's difficult struggle to adapt The Orchid Thief into a film. In addition, Orlean romances with John Laroche while Charlie enlists the help of his fictional twin brother Donald.
The film had been in development as far back as 1994. Jonathan Demme brought the project to Columbia Pictures with Kaufman writing the script. Kaufman went through writer's block and did not know what to think of The Orchid Thief. In turn Kaufman wrote a script about his experience adapting The Orchid Thief into a screenplay. Tom Hanks was at one point set for the role of Charlie Kaufman...