Nicolas Cage is Charlie Kaufman, a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration, self-loathing, and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother Donald (Nicolas Cage). While struggling to adapt “The Orchid Thief,” by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Kaufman’s life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean’s book, become strangely intertwined as each one’s search for passion collides with the others’.
“Mr. Cage and Mr. Jonze share a casual, daredevil sensibility, and the two of them — or should I say the three of them? — pull off one of the most amazing technical stunts in recent film history.” — A.O. Scott, New York Times
“Few scripts toss more challenging balls in the air, and Jonze juggles them all with artful, light-stepping ease. It’s magic.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Susan Orlean, Charlie Kaufman
Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper