‘Juliet, Naked’: How Adapting a Famous Novel was Like Solving a Puzzle for Its Screenwriter

For screenwriter Evgenia Peretz, one of the most challenging things about adapting Nick Hornby's 'Juliet, Naked' was working on character backstories.

To adapt Nick Hornby's novel, Juliet, Naked, for the screen, director Jesse Peretz and screenwriter Evgenia Peretz took a very dense, complex narrative and transformed it into a genial and entertaining film.

The performances are evenly skilled: Rose Byrne is relaxed as Annie, a director of a small museum in a British seaside town. Her characters lives with Duncan, a somewhat less relaxed academic (played with believable angst by Chris O'Dowd), whose greatest love is the website he has built around Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke), a rocker who has lived out of the limelight for nearly two decades. When Duncan receives an unreleased album by Crowe in the mail, Annie listens to it after accidentally opening the package.

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