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Movie Review: Adam July 30, 2009

Posted by judylobo in Movie Reviews, Movie Trailer, Politics.
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reviewblogpicMovie Review: Adam

Alternate Title: Whatever Works

Story: Movies about mental disorders can be tricky. There are very few that reach the quality of Rainman or Being There but hats off to writer and director Max Mayer for delivering a very fine love story about someone who has Asbergers* Syndrome.

29 year old Adam has Asbergers Syndrome. He is high functioning but sadly just buried his father and is about to lose his job. He meets a young woman in his Upper West Side building and is smitten. This charming, well acted slice of life deals with the tentative relationship between the couple.

The first half of the film is more than watchable and holds together well, but the film starts to fly apart when a secondary story is introduced regarding the woman’s father and his indictment for accounting fraud.

Despite some flaws the film is lovely to look at (who can argue with the glow of the Upper West Side?) the actors indeed have chemistry and we are introduced to a disorder that many people live with every day.

Check it out and you will have some laughs and a tug at your heart.

Acting: Hugh Dancy as Adam is nice eye candy and does a mighty credible job in this sensitive role. Rose Byrne as Beth reminded me of Courtney Cox and that was a bit distracting. However, she was fine in her role as the attentive love interest. Frankie Faison as Harlan delivered another great performance.Amy Irving and Peter Gallagher as Beth’s parents were good as well.

Trivia: British Hugh Dancy is one of the UK’s most up and coming talents. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature & Language and speaks fluent French. He is engaged to Claire Danes. Australian actress Rose Byrne studied drama at Syndey’s Australian Theatre for Young People and later at David Mamet Acting School, in New York. Both Byrne’s parents are atheists, while she describes herself as agnostic.

*The name “Asperger” comes from Hans Asperger, an Austrian physician who first described the syndrome in 1944. In Asperger’s Disorder, affected individuals are characterized by social isolation and eccentric behavior in childhood. There are impairments in two-sided social interaction and non-verbal communication. Though grammatical, their speech may sound peculiar due to abnormalities of inflection and a repetitive pattern. Clumsiness may be prominent both in their articulation and gross motor behavior. They usually have a circumscribed area of interest which usually leaves no space for more age appropriate, common interests. Some examples are cars, trains, French Literature, door knobs, hinges, cappucino, meteorology, astronomy or history.

Most of the people on the following list are speculated to have Asperger’s Syndrome, rather than being confirmed cases of Asperger’s Syndrome.

Predilection: None

Critters: Raccoons

Food: Macaroni and Cheese, cereal, sandwiches, penne and champagne

Sex Spectrum: Mostly hugging and cuddling

Blatant Product Placement: Amy’s Macaroni and Cheese, All -Bran cereal

Soundtrack: A bit sappy

Opening Titles: A sequence showing the burial of Adam’s father.

Visual Art: The Upper West Side is bathed in a golden glow. Everything looks good, clean and tasteful.

Theater Audience: About 20 other people.

Weather: It is a lovely fall/winter in the City.

Sappy Factor: 1

Quirky Meter: 1

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I drifted a little about 2/3 of the way through.

Predictability Level: High for me

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: It is a fine summer diversion (the snow looks very cool) but if you miss it on the big screen a rental would be fine.

Length: Under two hours.




1. SandraR - July 28, 2011

Thank you for sharing a review of this movie. A friend of mine recommended rent “Adam” and see it with a family member who has Aspergers. After reading your review, I think we will do so.

For more on Aspergers, check out my blog on: Riding the Wave of Adolescence, Living with Asperger’s http://belsanmedia.blogspot.com/

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