The Adjustment Bureau

March 4th, 2011

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The Adjustment Bureau

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The affair between a politician and a ballerina is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 7.1/10 (88,130 voted)

Critic's Score: 60/100

Director: George Nolfi

Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Michael Kelly

Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? A man glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York the only woman he's ever loved. On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) - a woman like none he's ever known. But just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself - the men of The Adjustment Bureau - who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path...or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her.

Writers: George Nolfi, Philip K. Dick

Matt Damon - David Norris
Emily Blunt - Elise Sellas
Michael Kelly - Charlie Traynor
Anthony Mackie - Harry Mitchell
John Slattery - Richardson
Lisa Thoreson - Suburban Mom
Florence Kastriner - Suburban Mom
Phyllis MacBryde - Suburban Neighbor
Natalie Carter - Suburban Neighbor (as Natalie E. Carter)
Chuck Scarborough - Himself
Jon Stewart - Himself
Kar - Political Consultant
RJ Konner - Political Consultant
Susan D. Michaels - Reporter
Gregory P. Hitchen - U.S. Coast Guard Officer (as Capt. Gregory P. Hitchen)

Taglines: Your World Has Been Adjusted


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Release Date: 4 March 2011

Filming Locations: Fordham University - 441 E. Fordham Road. Rose Hill, Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $21,157,730 (USA) (6 March 2011) (2840 Screens)

Gross: $127,869,379 (Worldwide) (26 May 2011)

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Did You Know?

Early in the film, when David delivers an address at Fordham University, he is standing on the "Terrace of the Presidents", which is inscribed with the names of heads of state who have received degrees or honorary degrees from the university.

Factual errors: Elise's marriage license application is issued by the Department of Human Services. In reality it would be issued by the City Clerk's office.

[first lines]
Podium Announcer: Let's welcome my favorite alumnus, and the next Senator from the State of New York, David Norris.
David Norris: [to crowd] Thank you! Thank you! Well hi there. My name David Norris, and I'd like to be the next Senator from the State of New York.
Podium Announcer: [to baby] Hey there, what's your name?
David Norris: [to reporters] I'm going to go through Yonkers, I'm going to go door-to-door and take the city that way...

User Review

We loved it! Imaginative, Romantic, Intriguing

Rating: 9/10

I was invited to a free screening with a big group of friends in Atlanta. I thought it might be right up my alley and it definitely WAS. It's similar to "Inception" (one of my very favorites), but simpler.

This fantasy-suspense-action-love story is very intriguing and ROMANTIC. I don't think any of us have seen Matt Damon be this passionate about a woman in film before. THIS is the very best Matt Damon I've ever seen -- he is at his most charming, lovable, and most moving here. And that's coming from a big fan of the Bourne Identity films, The Departed, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Rounders, and many other Damon films.

The Adjustment Bureau has a great supporting cast. Emily Blunt was delightful and mysterious..... There were quite a few laughs as well as some gasps from our audience (a packed house, too.) Most importantly, the STORY is intriguing. Yes, that's what makes the film unforgettable is simply the story. It's imaginative and very well-written.

It's a family-friendly film as best I remember --maybe PG-13 because of some almost-nudity; but no swearing, no gore, no bad scares, and no drugs or alcohol. It's all suspense, charm, intrigue, action, and romance!

If you are not a fan of The Matrix, Inception, Moon, Memento, or other fantasy type mind-benders, then you may not enjoy this film. We loved it though. We heard rave reviews from other audience members afterward, too.

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