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Release Date: December 6th, 2002

DVD Release Date: May 20th, 2003

R|1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary
Nicolas Cage is Charlie Kaufman, a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration, self-loathing, and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother Donald (Nicolas Cage). While struggling to adapt "The Orchid Thief," by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Kaufman's life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean's book, become strangely intertwined as each one's search for passion collides with the others'.

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Cara Seymour, Brian Cox, Judy Greer, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Director: Spike Jonze

Genres: Comedy drama, Drama

Production Co: Clinica Estetico, InterMedia Film Equities Ltd.

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Adaptation, like "Being John Malkovich" before it, is far from a well-made film, even on its own flaky terms. But it's a brave, sometimes brilliant one, with a phantasmagoric ending, full of love and hope, that defeats prose description. Never was an adaptation more original.

  • It's a testament to Cage's canny performance and Jonze's seamless use of special effects that you believe Charlie and Donald are two entirely different people. show more

  • Screenwriting this smart, inventive, passionate and rip-roaringly funny is a rare species. It's magic. show more

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