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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

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User Rating: 6.9/10 (27,638 votes)
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Brad Silberling
Writers (WGA):
Daniel Handler (books)
Robert Gordon (screenplay)
Release Date:
17 December 2004 (USA) more view trailer
On December 17, Christmas cheer takes a holiday. more
Plot Outline:
Three wealthy children's parents are killed in a fire. When they are sent to a distant relative, they find out that he is plotting to kill them and seize their fortune. more
Plot Keywords:
Anchor / Macabre / Package / Refrigerator / Grammar more
Won Oscar. Another 6 wins & 21 nominations more
User Comments:
If you've seen the movie, you don't know what the books are like more

Cast(Cast overview, first billed only)

Jim Carrey ... Count Olaf

Liam Aiken ... Klaus

Emily Browning ... Violet
Kara Hoffman ... Sunny
Shelby Hoffman ... Sunny

Jude Law ... Lemony Snicket (voice)

Timothy Spall ... Mr. Poe

Catherine O'Hara ... Justice Strauss

Billy Connolly ... Uncle Monty

Meryl Streep ... Aunt Josephine

Luis Guzmán ... Bald Man

Jamie Harris ... Fernald - Hook-Handed Man

Craig Ferguson ... Person of Indeterminate Gender

Jennifer Coolidge ... White Faced Woman

Jane Adams ... White Faced Woman

Additional Details
Also Known As:
A Series of Unfortunate Events (USA) (original script title)
Lemony Snicket (USA) (working title)
Lemony Snicket - Rätselhafte Ereignisse (Germany)
Rated PG for thematic elements, scary situations and brief language.
108 min
USA / Germany
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 more
Sound Mix:
DTS-ES / Dolby Digital EX
Iceland:LH (video rating) / Iceland:L / Canada:PG (Ontario) / France:U / Taiwan:PG-12 / Malaysia:U / Argentina:Atp / Australia:PG / Brazil:Livre / Chile:TE / Finland:K-11 / Germany:6 / Hong Kong:IIA / Ireland:PG / Netherlands:MG6 / Philippines:G / Singapore:PG / Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) / Switzerland:12 (canton of Zurich) / UK:PG / USA:PG
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Fun Stuff
When Aunt Josephine and the orphans look through her scrapbook, there is a photograph of a younger Aunt Jo on safari in Africa. The photograph is actually a still of Meryl Streep from Out of Africa (1985), and the person next to her is her co-star, Klaus Maria Brandauer. more
Continuity: At the start of the wedding play, we see Olaf's actresses singing, "Nothing in the world..." and then the curtains behind them open. We then cut to a shot of Klaus sneaking away from the stage, but the curtains are closed (this goof is the side-effect of the cutting of an earlier sequence). more
[first lines]
Lemony Snicket: [the Littlest Elf has just come to an abrupt halt] I'm sorry to say that this is not the movie you will be watching. The movie you are about to see is extremely unpleasant. If you wish to see a film about a happy little elf, I'm sure there is still plenty of seating in theatre number two. However, if you like stories about clever and reasonably attractive orphans...
Movie Connections:
References Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed, Die (1926) more
Hungarian Dance #5 more

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81 out of 141 people found the following comment useful:-
If you've seen the movie, you don't know what the books are like, 24 December 2004
Author: magusmcnichol from Canada

The movie was decent. I enjoyed it, certainly. Technically it was outstanding. Casting was good, sets were outstanding, costumes were very nice.

As an adaptation of the books, however, this was horrendous. It was as if the writer had torn a quarter of the pages from the first three books, a few pages from books 4-9, and pasted them together in a random fashion to try and create a cohesive movie. Now, had I not read the books, I would have enjoyed this movie very much, so I have to give that to them, but as a fan, it was just a slap in the face.

If you've read the books, don't see the movie, it will just enrage you. If you haven't, see the movie. It'll be very enjoyable. If, however, you decide to read the books afterwards, be aware that they are far darker than the movie shows, and the mystery is certainly deeper than some magnifying glass in Count Olaf's house. Do not think of them as kid stuff.

7.5/10 for the movie, 2/10 for the adaptation.

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