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Adam (2009)

Hugh Dancy , Peter Gallagher , Max Mayer  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hugh Dancy, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Rose Byrne, Frankie Faison
  • Directors: Max Mayer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030Y12FU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,877 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Adam" on IMDb

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  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes
  • Creating Adam Behind the Scenes
  • Audio Commentary with Director/Writer Max Mayer and Producer Leslie Urdang
  • FOX Movie Channel Presents Life After Film School with Rose Byrne

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A delightful romantic story about two strangers in search of an extraordinary connection. Adam (Dancy) is a brilliant but awkward astronomy buff, who is drawn out of his sheltered existence by his beautiful and outgoing new neighbor, Beth (Byrne).
  • Audio: English: 5.1 Dolby Surround / Spanish & French: Dolby Surround
  • Language: Dubbed & Subtitled: English, French & Spanish
  • Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 2.35:1

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136 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Picture of Asperger Disorder January 12, 2010
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I cried during a lot of this young son has Asperger Disorder, and this is the most accurate depiction of a person on the Autism Spectrum that I've ever seen. I cried tears of joy that someone finally "got it," and will make others aware of the challenges and gifts of persons affected by Asperger's. I cried because I know my son's life will be more difficult due to his Asperger's. I cried because the world will present obstacles to him that I will not always be there to help him with. I cried because when we left the theater, my son was staring thoughtfully and I asked him to share his thoughts and he said...."Wow, I didn't realize that I would still have Asperger's when I grow up." I hope this movie brings awareness of autism to a large audience, and people will open themselves to getting to know a person with the become friends....and to realize the beautiful treasure that having a friend on the autism spectrum is. Too many people with Asperger's are lonely, ignored, unemployed, rejected, teased, and bullied. I hope this movie helps to change that in a small or big way, for my son and others....This is a lovely movie - it's funny, romantic, hopeful, and a great love story - you will never forget it.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked gem January 7, 2010
Overall, I found this to be an engaging, sweet movie much like the main characters in the film. As a parent of a young son with autism, I'm pleased Hollywood has evolved from "Rainman" to portraying a more realistic look at life on the autism spectrum. For those unfamiliar with or untouched by autism (unfortunately, more of us are), don't worry - the movie doesn't set out to educate the masses on the disorder. Also, the filmmakers don't betray the characters or the story by supplying the standard happy ending. Instead, the end is genuine, satisfying and most of all hopeful for all of us, especially my son.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have Asperger's September 12, 2009
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I have Asperger's and I think that the portrayal of Asperger's in this film is wonderful. It is nice to have a movie I can relate to. Anyone who wishes to understand Asperger's better should see this film. It outranks Mozart and the Whale.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
ADAM has a nice low-keyed story to tell and does so in a touching and respectful way. Best of all, the people making it did not give it a phony pasted-on "happily ever after" ending.

We get to see Adam (Hugh Dancy) and Beth (Rose Bryne) getting to know and care about each other--and even briefly becoming lovers and potential spouses.

Part of the film is devoted to educating viewers about Asperger's Syndrome, which is what Adam suffers from: among other things, he takes literally whatever others say and is usually unable to imagine correctly what emotions others are having, despite cues from their facial expressions and even their words.

Adam's genius abilities in astronomy and engineering are brought out well, and Adam will probably remind many viewers of the forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel), another genius with Asperger's, who is the central character in the acclaimed TV series BONES.

Part of the back-story involves Beth herself getting a reality check about her own father, which appropriately reminds us that even "normal" people frequently misinterpret or misjudge what is going on, even with their own family members.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating look inside an "Aspie" life August 16, 2009
The ability to empathize--or "walk in someone else's shoes," can be particularly difficult for people with Asperger's syndrome, an offshoot of autism. That may be at least partly because Aspies, as they call themselves, can't read the body language or other "social signals" that give the rest of us important clues about what's really going on with other people. It wouldn't occur to an Aspie to tell a white lie or dissemble; they take themselves and all else literally. "Adam" is a fictional look at the life of one such young man and how he comes to cope with and surmount this particular disorder--especially as applied to romance and career.

I wanted to see this movie because I'd heard such great things about Hugh Dancy's performance in it and because in the past few years I've gotten to know, slightly, two exceptionally interesting people with Asperger's syndrome and wanted to know more about it. Luckily, before I saw it, I happened upon a rave review written by an "Aspie" and was able to go into the movie armed with his assurance that the filmmakers mostly got it right.

So--accuracy aside--how is "Adam" as entertainment? Excellent, in my view. In short order our hero, a lifetime New Yorker, finds himself newly orphaned, attracted to a young woman who's just moved into his building, out of a job...and totally at sea about what to do about any of it. Hugh Dancy as "Adam" is every bit as terrific as the press he's getting. And he gets great support from his co-stars, director and a story that not only rings true but also has a great sense of humor and (most unusual for a rom-com) doesn't telegraph its ending and, when it gets there, opts for believability over mush.

Also recommended: "Parallel Play," Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Page's deeply personal account of growing up with undetected Asperger's. The book is available here. A shorter version under the same title appeared in the New Yorker on 8/20/07 and is available at their web site.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible movie that had me hooked January 8, 2010
By jj123
I give this film a standing ovation and applaud everyone involved with this movie and the fact that the movie portrayed a relationship in an honest light showing both the ugly and beautiful moments. I give this movie the highest possible recommendation, watch this movie, buy this movie, and show this movie to your friends. I just pre-ordered 5 copies. I think I am a little biased having a family member with autism as well as being a professional in the autism field, but I truly fell in love with this movie. Honestly, for once I found myself not being bored with a movie, I laughed and cried. Yes, I cried. I will never admit to that again and I will pretend to not have written this if ever asked but I cried. This film is genuinely good, something that is hard to come by.
If you're questioning purchasing this movie, don't even hesitate because I would gladly trade in my entire DVD collection if it meant having this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And that sometimes love chooses for you
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4.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Asperger's Syndrome
I bought this for the wife of a relative who has Asperger's Syndrome as Adam has in this movie. I hoped that it would help her understand what she was dealing with in her... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul N Marston
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films I've ever watched!
This was an awesome film, so warm. The actors were so believable. This film really helped me immensley, more than words can express, because I needed a way to help someone really... Read more
Published 1 month ago by KD
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I really enjoyed it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pity Dvd Region code is wrong....
Pity the dvd Region code is wrong..... cant view in a dvd player. .......
Published 2 months ago by MAW Seymour
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie!!! Highly recommend it :)
Published 2 months ago by John Lundstedt
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Dancy does a great job portraying a man with Aspergers,...
Loved it!
Published 2 months ago by Carolina Repila
4.0 out of 5 stars warm and uplifting
Excellent movie. Dancy must have studied many people, because he was spot-on. I was surprised at the ending, but not disappointed.
Published 2 months ago by molveira
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the casting and emotional honesty of this film - ...
I love the casting and emotional honesty of this film - moved me to tears and laughter. Few films entertain you while also raising your consciousness about the world around you -... Read more
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