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- Brattle Film Notes for ADAPTATION by Reuben Baron
(2002) dir Spike Jonze w/Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper [114 min]
One of the most unpredictable things about Nicolas Cage is his fearlessness in taking on roles. This fearlessness has lead him into some very profitable films, as well as some truly oddball ones like, for instance, Spike Jonze’s ADAPTATION. In the film, Cage stars in a dual role – as both a fictionalized version of screenwriter Charlie Kauffman, and as his wholly fictional brother Donald. Ostensibly an adaptation of Susan Orlean’s book The Orchid Thief, ADAPTATION becomes something much more – a brilliant, postmodern take on the act of adaptation itself.
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