- Original title
- Running time
- 114 min.
- United States
Charlie Kaufman (Novel: Susan Orlean)
Columbia Pictures / Intermedia Films
Comedy. Drama | Comedy-Drama. Film In Film. Literature. Satire. Psychological Drama. 1990s
- Synopsis / Plot
- Despite the success of his first produced script, for which he received an Academy Award® nomination for best original screenplay, Charlie Kaufman (Cage) is plagued by insecurities, both in his career and his personal life. When he is hired to adapt The Orchid Thief, a non-fiction book about a fanatical orchid breeder, John Laroche (Cooper), 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 (Streep) and, Charlie realizes, himself as well.
Charlie’s twin brother, Donald (Cage), 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. 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.
: Oscar: Best Supporting Actor (Chris Cooper). 4 Nominations
: Golden Globes: Best Supporting Actor (Cooper) and Actress (Streep). 6 Nom.
: BAFTA Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay. 4 Nominations
: 2 Awards National Board of Review: Best Screenplay, Supporting Actor
: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Supporting Actor (Chris Cooper). 2 Nom.
: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Screenplay. 2 Nominations
: 4 Awards Festival Toronto: Best Actor, Screenplay, Movie, Supporting Actor
: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Jury Grand Prix
: 2 Critics' Choice Awards: Supp. Actor (Cooper); Writer (C. Kauffman). 4 Nom.
2002: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 3 Awards including Best Screenplay. 6 nominations
: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): 3 Nominations including Best Performance by Cast
- Critics' reviews
"Features what is surely the funniest and most accurate depiction of writer's block ever."
Jonathan Foreman: New York Post
"This is epic, funny, tragic, demanding, strange, original, boldly sincere filmmaking."
Wesley Morris: Boston Globe
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