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The Adjustment Bureau is about a politician that meets a beautiful dancer, and every time he has a chance to see her again, “something” intervenes and prevents them from meeting… for a while.


I tell ya what… some days I really wish that a well groomed gentleman in a black suit and bowler hat would interrupt my path and point me the right way.  Am I the only one wandering around aimlessly with no sense of direction?  Honestly, a gentle nudge from the universe pointing out the best choice sounds like a relief.  Of course, my parents would be glad to take that job at any given moment, and I would resist any good intentions or well meaning advice like a hornet’s nest.  Hmmm…


  • Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt
  • Rated: PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image.
  • Released: 2011
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Romantic, Thriller
  • My Opinion: Another Philip K. Dick Masterpiece!


David, a congressman on the fast road to success meets a beautiful woman just before he gives a speech.  She inspires him, and he changes the rehearsed speech and spontaneously speaks from his heart, making him all the more popular and successful.  Another chance meeting with her makes him think that she is “the one”, and he chooses to pursue a relationship with her.  But “agents of fate” intervene, and David realizes there is something out there that is bigger than us, directing our paths.  But that something is not fate.


I enjoyed The Adjustment Bureau because 1. I am a huge fan of Philip K. Dick, and every movie I have seen that is spawned from one of his short stories has been nothing short of brilliant.  And 2.  Matt Damon.  Is a very sexy man.  And 3.  This movie is really a romance disguised as science fiction.  I get the best of both genre’s, does movie watching get any better?

I recently read Adjustment Team (check out my review at BestScienceFictionStories.com) and thoroughly enjoyed how completely different the short story was from the movie.  I think it is fascinating that a screenplay writer (George Nolfi) can create an entire movie from some very basic ideas.

I’m a believer in destiny.  I think everything happens for a reason.  The Adjustment Bureau forced some interesting questions for me about predetermined paths.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.


You can rent The Adjustment Bureau at any movie store or Netflix.
You can purchase this movie at Amazon.com.
There are also plenty of good used copies at eBay.
You can watch The Adjustment Bureau online via Amazon Instant Video.


If you liked The Adjustment Bureau you might also like Paycheck starring Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman, about a man that has his memory erased after completing a job, and instead of receiving the large sum of money he was promised, he receives a parcel full of random, seemingly meaningless items.


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