Adaptation | 2002

Drama, Adaptation
Despite the success of his first produced script, "Being John Malkovich," for which he received an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay, Charlie Kaufman is plagued by insecurities, both in his career ...more
Director: Spike Jonze
Awards: 1 Oscar win. Another 17 wins & 17 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Charlie Kaufman/Donald Kaufman

Actor

... Susan Orlean

Actor

... John Laroche

Actor

... Valerie

Actor

... Amelia

Actor

... Robert McKee

Actor

... Alice the Waitress

Actor

... Caroline

Actor

... Marty

Actor

... Matthew Osceola

Actor

... Ranger Steve Neely

Actor

... Orlean's Husband

Actor

Company

Clinica Estetico

Production Company

Magnet Entertainment

Production Company

Synopsis

Despite the success of his first produced script, "Being John Malkovich," for which he received an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay, Charlie Kaufman is plagued by insecurities, both in his career and his personal life. When he is hired to adapt "The Orchid Thief," a nonfiction book about a fanatical orchid breeder, John Laroche, he is completely stumped. Though, on the surface, the book is about Laroche's flower poaching adventures in the Florida Everglades, on another level it's also about the desire in all of us to experience passion. This longing plagues the book's author, Susan Orlean and, Charlie realizes, himself as well. Charlie's twin brother, Donald Kaufman, only makes things worse when he moves in with Charlie and announces he's going to be a screenwriter too. As Charlie battles his severe case of writer's block, Donald cheerily types away on a script about a serial killer with multiple-personality disorder. Donald's script immediately sells, making him the "hot" new writer in town. As if Charlie wasn't feeling bad enough, Donald is also getting laid regularly, while Charlie can't even get to first base. Then, one day, Charlie has a last ditch inspiration. He'll use his own dilemma as a framework for the script about Laroche and Orlean. But as the words start to flow, and the story takes shape, Charlie inadvertently sets in motion a chain of events impacting on the lives of all the characters

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