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

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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. Written by Universal Pictures

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politician | fate | bus | destiny | hat | See more »

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image | See all certifications »

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4 March 2011 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,395,715 (UK) (4 March 2011)

Gross:

$62,453,315 (USA) (20 May 2011)
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Trivia

Outside of the bar written on the wall is "24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not" a quote attributed to Paul Newman. See more »

Goofs

After they meet for the first time after the wedding, and Elise leaves the bus, David takes a call on a Samsung cell phone. After a cut away, he is speaking on his Blackberry. See more »

Quotes

[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...
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.6 (2011) See more »

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FEVER (ADAM FREELAND EXTENDED REMIX)
Written by John Davenport and Eddie Cooley
Performed by Sarah Vaughan
Courtesy of the Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Sparkling chemistry between Damon and Blunt
1 March 2011 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

Fate, coincidence and free will come at odds with one another in this sci-fi romance re-imagined by George Nolfi from the short story, "Adjustment Team", by sci-fi legend Philip K. Dick. Nolfi's plot can go from interesting and intriguing to downright silly at times but the main attraction is not the narrative. It is the pulsating chemistry between lead stars Matt Damon and the sensually beguiling Emily Blunt set in all the famous spots of Manhattan and NYC.

Having been to New York City recently, I find the sets nostalgic, and I am defenseless to the charms of Emily Blunt.

Young Senate candidate for New York City, David Norris (Damon), is rehearsing his speech in the men's restroom when a beautiful stranger (Blunt, right, with Damon) emerges from one of the stalls and starts chatting with him. Before she leaves - in quite a hurry - they have an impulsive, passionate kiss, and he is smitten. Their next encounter in a city bus has to be by chance - and he learns that her name is Elise. He is determined to call her. To court her...

And then David comes across a bunch of Men in Black suits and hats, led by a Mr Richardson (John Slattery), who says bluntly: "We are the people who make sure things go according to plan." David's relationship with the free-spirited Elise is NOT part of their plan and he must not see her again - for both his and her own good! The rest of the movie is, of course, the tussle between Love and Fate for David. After being charmed by Elise, a rising star ballerina, we can understand why David is bent on seeing her. We can also understand how their relationship would possibly wreck their careers - and why David would want to take a chance on that. David and Elise seem so perfect for each other that we root for them.

It is good that Nolfi has written such a romantic angle into this Dick tale instead of turning it into another action flick like "Total Recall", "Paycheck" and "Screamers". He could have polished up a bit more on the second half to keep it from becoming childish, though. Still, the notion of Fates personified could not be taken too seriously

  • and it would be better to just go along with the flow of the love
story so charmingly portrayed by Damon and Blunt - and supported by a sympathetic Anthony Mackie and menacing Terence Stamp as members of the Adjustment Bureau. Emily Blunt has such captivating eyes that look into your soul and make you weep.


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