Adaptation. Trailer & Clips


Adaptation. full movie is released on Feb 14, 2003. Watch Adaptation. online - the English Comedy movie from United States , which has achieved a worldwide gross of $32,801,173. Adaptation. is directed by Spike Jonze and created by Susan Orlean with Nicolas Cage and Tilda Swinton. Adaptation. is available online on Hulu and Amazon Video.

While his latest movie Being John Malkovich (1999) is in production, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is hired by Valerie Thomas to adapt Susan Orlean's non-fiction book "The Orchid Thief" for the screen. Thomas bought the movie rights before Orlean wrote the book, when it was only an article in The New Yorker. The book details the story of rare orchid hunter John Laroche, whose passion for orchids and horticulture made Orlean discover passion and beauty for the first time in her life. Charlie wants to be faithful to the book in his adaptation, but despite Laroche himself being an interesting character in his own right, Charlie is having difficulty finding enough material in Laroche to fill a movie, while equally not having enough to say cinematically about the beauty of orchids. At the same time, Charlie is going through other issues in his life. His insecurity as a person doesn't allow him to act upon his feelings for Amelia Kavan, who is interested in him as a man. And Charlie's twin brother, pretentious Donald, has moved into his house with a goal of also becoming a screenwriter. Despite not admiring Donald as a screenwriter, Charlie asks for his advice. Together, they feel that there is some interesting subtext in the book on which Orlean herself can only elaborate, if only Charlie has the nerve to talk to her. If she can't or won't elaborate, they may have to find out the meaning of that subtext on their own.

As know as:

Adaptacija, Adaptation (El ladrón de orquídeas), Adaptation, アダプテーション, Adaptacija.

Release Date:

Dec 06, 2002

Release Date (Streaming):

Oct 21, 2003


United States


English, Latin

Stream Service:

Columbia Pictures

Production Companies:

Beverly Detroit, Clinica Estetico, Good Machine

Official Site:

Sony Pictures

Gross worldwide:



From the creator of Being John Malkovich, comes the story about the creator of Being John Malkovich., Charlie Kaufman writes the way he lives... With Great Difficulty. His Twin Brother Donald Lives the way he writes... with foolish abandon. Susan writes about life... But can't live it. John's life is a book... Waiting to be adapted. One story... Four Lives... A million ways it can end.


Joshua Rothkopf
In These Times
There's no good reason why this should work-the picture is a schizzy, self-indulgent mess-but magically, it does.
by rottentomatoes, Mar 16, 2020
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
Adult stuff only but hilarious and fresh.
by rottentomatoes, Sep 02, 2010
David Ansen
In the wrong hands, the lunacy could have gotten out of control, but Jonze has near-perfect pitch. He never forces the farce, rooting even Kaufman's wildest digressions in real emotions.
by rottentomatoes, Jul 06, 2010

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