Adaptation. (2002)

It’s easy for directors to spoof themselves and their own movies, and it could easily come off as self-indulgent, but director Spike Johnze somehow makes it seem refreshing and truly bold. I was intrigued from the beginning as Jonze dares to be cliché and predictable from beginning to end. Charlie Kaufman is an odd character. He’s insecure, self-loathing, balding, and never knows the right thing to say to people despite the fact that many people actually like him but he manages to instantly repel them with his knack for talking too much and saying the wrong or inappropriate thing as he does with an attractive friendly waitress (Judy Greer) at a restaurant. Charlie is constantly running his head with thoughts of insecurity despite the fact that he’s thought of as a genius in Hollywood.

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