Parents' Guide to

Adaptation

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Adult stuff only but hilarious and fresh.

Movie R 2003 114 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 15+

age 15+

This movie was funny yes, but it's not for children at all. There is A LOT of drinking and drug use, sexual content, and strong language.

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Adaptation has some sharp Hollywood satire and some wildly funny plot twists. Like real-life screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's other films (Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), it has moments of bizarre humor in the context of profound and genuine questions about identity, inversion, inspiration, obsession, and meaning and meta-meaning and meta-meta-meaning. This is the kind of movie that makes fun of emotional turning points inspired by platitudes but then, when it throws one in (in the middle of a jungle environment that is real and symbolic), it's a very nice one: "You are what you love, not what loves you."

The performances are marvelous, particularly Streep as Orlean and Cooper as Laroche. Ron Livingston's performance as Charlie's agent is a small comic gem, Brian Cox is masterful as a screenwriting expert, and Judy Greer is radiant as an orchid-loving, pie-serving waitress.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 10, 2003
  • On DVD or streaming: May 20, 2003
  • Cast: Chris Cooper , Meryl Streep , Nicolas Cage
  • Director: Spike Jonze
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 114 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language, sexuality, some drug use and violent images.
  • Last updated: June 3, 2023

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