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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this movie! Teen son has Aspergers and he enjoyed it as well. Great family moviePublished 4 days ago by diana
Very sweet film and quite thought provoking. Makes you think about what you'd do if your life was like theirs. Also, humor was on point and tastefulPublished 1 month ago by KC
I love love love this movie. Good story. I became involved with the characters almost immediately. Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. Klobuchar