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The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  4 March 2011 (USA)
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The affair between a politician and a ballerina is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.



(screenplay), (short story "Adjustment Team")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Thoreson ...
Suburban Neighbor (as Natalie E. Carter)
Chuck Scarborough ...
Chuck Scarborough
Jon Stewart
Gregory P. Hitchen ...
U.S. Coast Guard Officer (as Capt. Gregory P. Hitchen)
Upstate Farmer (as Darrell James LeNormand)
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg)
Kar ...
Susan D. Michaels ...


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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Fight for your fate. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

4 March 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los agentes del destino  »

Box Office


$50,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,395,715 (UK) (4 March 2011)


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

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David Norris wears a baseball cap with the letter "F," standing for Fordham University where some of the movie was filmed. See more »


When David is on the bus with Elise she drops his blackberry in the cup of coffee. He receives a call from Charlie on his flip phone. After the scene cuts to Charlie talking on the phone and back to David, David is talking on his Blackberry instead of the flip phone. This is one continuous conversation that should have been done on one phone. See more »


[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 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.101 (2012) See more »


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Words and music by Richard Ashcroft and Maurice Gibb (as Maurice Ernest Gibb)
Performed by Richard Ashcroft and the United Nations of Sound
License courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd./Richard Ashcroft
Contains a sample of "On Time"
Performed by The Bee Gees (as Bee Gees)
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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7 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

Until yesterday when I wasted 2 hours of my life I was totally unaware of this Nolfi fellow. The Sentinel, Oceans 95210's, Bourne Ultimatum...Well, all of these would have served me as a fair warning, but I was oblivious. Shame on me, because I had seen them all, and the man has absolutely no clue about what he's writing about. Paper thin characters, ludicrous story, and laughable cardboard cliché dialog. Sample: "All I have are the choices I make, and I choose her, come what may." Well, Tarantino's certainly got nothing on you, Nolfi...

For those who are not familiar with Nolfi's oeuvre, here making his unfortunate directorial debut, expect a simple plot, no surprises, nothing new, nothing deep, nothing funny, no new filming technique, a fair insipid Damon, a fair Blunt, no chemistry whatsoever, no opportunity for chemistry whatsoever, a tired and apathetic Stamp, and a ludicrously adapted K.Dick story, some basic elements borrowed from "Dark City" 1998(men in hats which adjust us while we sleep), and "The Lost Room" 2006(doors which lead to far places) which unfolds like a soap opera episode of The Young and the Restless. Expect an uninspired soundtrack, and no twist. Yeah, that's right, there is no twist. And expect John Slattery with all the wardrobe from Mad Men. I guess with the recession and all, they thought of a way to keep the suits in rotation to maximize rentability. In a nutshell, expect no reason to remain seated and continue watching.

Pff, I'm not even having fun dissing it...Avoid like bird crap on a blue obnoxious hat...

Bo-riiiing! Nolfi, noted. No more surprises.

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