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50 Movie Sibling Rivalries
The brothers and sisters who just can’t seem to get along

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Adaptation (2002)

Adaptation (2002)

The Siblings: Charlie (Nicolas Cage) and Donald Kaufman (Nicolas Cage)

What puts them at odds? Serious, neurotic screenwriter Charlie is attempting the difficult job of adapting a novel called The Orchid Thief when his more outgoing brother Donald achieves success with a dumb action movie.

There are undoubtedly cases in life where a sibling’s example has spurred someone on to greater heights of success, but there are very few in movies. Generally, when one succeeds onscreen the other comes under unbearable pressure to measure up, and the result is that they crumple into a small heap of failure and addiction to something-or-other. But in Adaptation, Charlie overcomes his professional jealousy and utter astonishment at his brother’s overnight success when the pair are threatened by a homicidal author in a Florida swamp and Donald helps his brother escape. So begins a new and more understanding era in their relationship – which lasts for at least the next few minutes.

Which sibling is your favourite?

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