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Directed by Spike Jonze • 2002 • United States
Starring Nicolas Cage, Tilda Swinton, Meryl Streep
This brilliantly inventive head trip from the feverish imaginations of director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman stars Nicolas Cage as . . . Charlie Kaufman, a successful yet insecure screenwriter who, when he begins writing himself into an adaptation of the nonfiction book “The Orchid Thief,” sets into motion a dizzying chain of events. Continually self-destructing and reinventing itself with whiplash-inducing abandon, ADAPTATION. collapses the rules of storytelling as it turns the art of screenwriting and the act of moviemaking inside out.