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Synecdoche, New York (2008) Movie Information

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Charlie Kaufman


Catherine Keener
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Sadie Goldstein
Peter Friedman
Josh Pais
Daniel London





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A struggling stage director feels that his life is unsuccessful as he struggles with success and women. He discovers an old warehouse and decides to direct a play that includes a life size replica. How long will it take for him to pull off this play?

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Amy 02/08/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Bleeeeeh. I guess this was a good movie, it certainly had some good performances and some interesting ideas, but too upsetting, like being caught in an interminable anxiety dream. If I need to see someone fret over being an artistic fraud and having gum disease, I can just take a nap.

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Amyaronson 07/18/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Wow, this movie is a real doozy. Charlie Kaufman, you mind-fucked me again. I can't explain this movie, but it defies all laws of reality and chronology. Even more so than Adaptation and Being John Malkovich. It's totally crazy and confusing and if you are the kind of person who has to know what everything means and the order of events and you must take things literally, then don't watch it. It's like The Fountain; you just have to accept that it's weird, you're not really going to fully GET it, and you probably aren't supposed to. Just relax and go with it. Feel it. Surrrrreal it.

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mitchellyoung 01/11/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is an ambitious film that is sometimes frustrating because of its sprawling plot and confusing storyline. It is also rich in thematic nuance and hauntingly sad. Some incredible performances round out this portrait of a lonely life live out.

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05/17/2009 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

Ambitious but Doesn't Deliver

This is the kind of movie that is frustrating to watch because its ambition got in the way of true emotional resonance. Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as Caden Cotard, a theater director who one day decides to make an epic life-size play about his whole life. He makes that decision because he wants to know how his life turns out the way it is, to understand why his relationship with the people he loves most simply did not work. There are four women in his life that have impacted him greatly: Samantha Morton, a box-office worker, Hope Davis, a shrink, Michelle Williams, a stage actress, and Catherine Keener, Cadenís wife. The first thirty minutes of this picture is very engaging: I felt how alienated Caden was because he doesnít feel appreciated by his family and the people he works with. Th...

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12/07/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Creative, Confusing, and Unique But That's it

Charlie Kaufman is a creative genius. He brings his vast creativity to this flick much like he did in all of his other films he wrote. This time though, Kaufman is the writer and the direcotor while normally he only writes.

Hoffman and cast do an amazing job of acting in this wierd, out of control flick. This movie is not for everyone. If you are not a fan of his previous films (or even if you are) you may be disappointed. It is very good at times and highly entertaining through small parts. But the uniqueness is the sole reason why I gave it 3 stars.

The bad part is that I was bored for about a half hour (towards the end) and didn't seem to move enough. The film was not all that long so I think it could have been improved with some simple edits. The other bad thing is that...

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10/16/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Charlie Kaufman Does It Again

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Rating: A, 98/100 (Eternal Sunshine would be 100), 10/10, 4/4

Charlie Kaufman explores the depression of Caden Cotard, a playwright/ hypochondriac (Philip Seymour Hoffman). It all stems from his wife (Catherine Keener), but he knows and the audience knows that she is not the cause of all his problems, although she is quite unsettling.

We are introduced to Hazel (Samantha Morton), a sweet distraction from his decaying family life. However, his sense of loyalty stands in the way of anything meaningful happening with her.

As he grows older, Caden becomes acutely aware of the things that are missing from his life. His focus is on himself, but in his myopic state he cannot identify the problem. So he comes up with the best solution he can. He'll...

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  Austin Shagwell
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Thats prety much what I came up with, that it was all just a fable of his mind, except for the wife leaving him with the child. & I think that his theater piece was just what he wished his life could have been, or something like that, I almost want to watch it again just to figure out what ws going on.
Im slightly anoyed/ embaresed, because i haven't put this much thought into a movie since Donnie Darko.

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That was jacked up.  Not sure.  To me it was imagination but I could be wrong.  It was all apart of his world and what was happening.  I think his whole life was a farce and that he just died lonely, not even in his own production.  The movie should have been shortened by about 45 minutes, then it would have been really good.  Good question though.
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  Austin Shagwell
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Has anyone else seen this movie?
If so, could you please help me better understand the fire in the one womans house? Is it symbalism, or just imagination?

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