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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).
- Deleted and Alternate Scenes
- Creating Adam Behind the Scenes
- Audio Commentary with Director/Writer Max Mayer and Producer Leslie Urdang
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This little- seen indie drama showcases the prodigious gifts of Hugh Dancy.. As the title character., a sheltered young man with aspergers, he never indulges in "look at me!"moments, his characterization is subtle and touches both the heart and thefunnybone. Rose byrne, as his love interest, is very good as well..The always reliable Amy Irving and Peter Gallagher provide wonderful support. A sensitive script and assured direction make ADAM an entertaining and and touching film experience.
Interestingly enough, I initially watched this movie last summer as I decided to find out about Asperger's to learn more about it, even though this is a fictional story. I have watched it several times since to try to comprehend the movie more, and I believe I finally understand enough to write a review on it.
- Firstly, I will certainly congratulate this movie over its time, effort, and the ability to portray an average character, without resorting to the extremes or stereotypes, etc. that other movies covering a character with an ASD have done with zero research and a humiliating script. "Adam" does the opposite--it reveals time and detail, as it reflects work to get the script done right, and to show the character as realistically as possible throughout the film. For example, there are several scenes, such as: where Adam smashes through a mirror, when the sound and blur simulate a pre-shutdown aura in the scene where Adam is walking out, the police scene, and where Adam is talking to Beth's father in the theater are all filmed well. Additionally, the scene where the clock volume is 'turned up', and when Beth knocks on the door are both memorable.
- Secondly, however, I did want to critique the movie a bit. Certain scenes that were shown as demonstrating Adam's symptoms were subtle or could be easily mistaken as dramatization for those who aren't familiar with what Asperger's is. Some characteristics--such as the fixation on the spinning model on the desk, were not defined as being significant, with shortened time lengths, and without reading it before watching the film, some scenes will not make as much sense as a viewer. Also, one thing the movie fails to mention is that the reason ASD is described as a "spectrum" is because no two people on it will look, act, or even completely think the same, (though the characteristics to meet it will be) and therefore, Adam cannot be seen as being the entire set of people inside one character. Rather, the movie was simply made to be entertaining.
- And lastly, for more conscientious viewers of movies (such as myself) there are a few sexual/suggestive scenes in this flick that are brief that you may wish to skip over, as they do not really contribute to the movie's core point anyway. There is also one use of God's name when Adam is eating lunch on the park bench, and use of the f-word in the meltdown scene by Beth, along with a few minor words in the movie, for those monitoring content of the movie before they rent.
Overall, I give this movie four stars for a subtle musical score that pairs excellently with the movie, a fresh, new look at ASDs in adulthood that "Rain Man" failed miserably at in the last generation, and for attention to detail packaged inside a love story that I would strongly recommend seeing, especially if you want to understand a friend or relative that has an ASD a bit more--but I would definitely watch it carefully to see the details. I hope this review helps whoever reads it; please vote this as helpful if it helped you.
One thing that interested me was the portrayal of this man as a high functioning autistic individual. When I was young it was thought that everyone with autism was so severely handicapped that an institution was the only option. These days the definition of autism has broadened to include people from all walks of life, many of whom have escaped the "label" completely, while still struggling with the issues inherent to autism spectrum.
I might have given it four or five stars, but the ending left me feeling a bit dissatisfied. Perhaps this is where the movie's one significant flaw lies - it is an identity crisis where the script cannot decide whether this is a romance or whether it is a "coming of age" story with a social message. I think that it could have been both and not suffered any loss of impact, but the ending left unanswered questions that bugged me enough to give it only 3 stars.