The Adjustment Bureau

Synopsis: 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 (Matt 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.
Director(s): George Nolfi
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 win & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Let's welcome

our favorite alumnus,

and the next senator

from the state of New York,

David Norris!

Thank you. Thank you.

Well, hi, there.

My name is David Norris,

and I'd like to be the next senator from the

great state of New York.

Look at you.

What's your name?

I'm going to go through

Yonkers, door to door

...and take the city that way.

- We love you.

The recent endorsement

by the fire fighter's union

is another boost to Norris

who already had

a six-point lead

over his opponent,

Roger Linfield.

Whenever I see you on

C-Span, and you stand,

I always think you're

about to go, "Chug!"

Congressman, you certainly

started your career off,

eight years ago, with a bang

or should I say, a bust.

For the last eight years,

David Norris has represented Brooklyn,

New York City and America.

This is my campaign

chairman, Charlie Traynor.

These are voters.

Latest polls have

you up 10 points.

We're 10 points up?

This is not going to be

easy getting there.

I have some

real opposition,

and what they're

saying about me

is that I'm too young

to hold this office.

Win big, but run

like you're 20 down.

Okay, you got it.

Thank you, Gary.

But that's okay because

these are the same people

who say that young

people don't vote,

young people don't

care about politics,

but I'm here to tell you,

your future is about

your choices, not theirs.

So, today I'd like

to put them on notice

because come November,

I want them to know

that it was young

people like you,

who kicked their asses.

David! David!

Thank you.


What's wrong?


Any ideas?

I'm working on it.

Keep me posted.


David Norris,

until recently, he was way ahead

in the polls.

Mary Matalin and

James Carville are here.

Mary, this is a surprise.

It is a surprise.

Such political promise.

This compelling story, he grew up in a rough

neighborhood in Brooklyn.

He overcame the loss

of his entire family,

his mom and his brother

when he was 10,

his father before he got to high school,

he got over that.

He had such promise.

And he was the

youngest person

ever elected to the

House of Representatives.

Yeah, he was elected

when he was actually 24,

but he gets in a bar room fight

the night that he's elected.

I like this, all right.

Then you have this photo coming out

of the New York Post.

I think the accretion

of this stuff

was just too much

for the voters.

It reeked of some

level of immaturity here,

of impulsiveness.

People want maturity,

they want adults in Congress.

Big night

for us, gentlemen.

Everybody ready?

You look exhausted.

You should take a vacation

when all this is finished.

You've earned it.

I'm not sure the

kind of tired I am

can be fixed by a vacation.

Everybody needs

a vacation,

even us.

All right, let's get

him back on track.

Mary, over

the past couple of weeks

since the photo came out,

they thought people...

Why are you still

watching CNN?

That it wasn't such a big deal,

but clearly it was.

They called this way

too early. Come on.

Put on your pretty

little tie and let's go.

Suffolk County numbers,

Linfield, 415,120.




I really thought

we'd win Suffolk.

Kings County

just came in, too.


I didn't win Brooklyn.

It's going to

be a blow out.

NBC has us up next.

I'm going to go

work on my speech.


David. Hey!

I'm sorry I wasted

your time, Charlie.

NBC news is now calling the election

for Roger Linfield.

After a shockingly poor showing at

both Suffolk County,

and his home county, Kings,

it now appears David Norris

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George Nolfi

George Nolfi is an American screenwriter, producer and director. He directed the 2011 film The Adjustment Bureau, which he also wrote (adapted from a short story by Philip K. Dick). more…

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