Self-referential to the extreme, it's the most meta of meta-movies. You might call it meta-macho. If you're not meta enough to see how meta "Adaptation" is, then you clearly haven't spent enough time . . . examining the unexaminable. . . . And if you're so meta that you're completely unimpressed with how meta it is, then you're only reinforcing the movie's point
The article is really more about adaptation than Adaptation.