Rated PG-13 · 97 minutes · 2009

Movies about people with mental challenges are tough to pull off. The storytellers must find a way to be realistic yet empathetic, keeping the grislier, audience-alienating details to a minimum while steering clear of condescension. Therefore, it’s no surprise that writer-director Max Mayer was in over his head with this uninvolving drama about a man with Asperger's syndrome (a high-functioning form of autism) whose life is topsy-turvied by the death of his father, the loss of his job and a blossoming romance with his neighbor. British actor Hugh Dancy almost redeems the whole thing with his skilled portrayal of the title character, using subtle body language and not-quite-eye contact to convey Adam’s lack of connection with the world around him. Though his detachment unfortunately becomes ours, it’s interesting to note that the romantic trajectory here is pretty much the same anywhere: family objections, work obstacles and the woman’s realization that if she wants the relationship, she’s gonna have to take care of him.
Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/adam
Director: Max Mayer
Producer: Leslie Urdang, Miranda de Pencier, Dean Vanech, Dan Revers and Christina Lurie
Cast: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Frankie Faison, Mark Linn-Baker, Amy Irving and Peter Gallagher




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Colorado Springs Independent Unoriginal sin Except maybe in the case of Aladdin or Hamlet or Gandhi, it's automatically lame when a movie's title is just its main character's name. by Jonathan Kiefer 08/27/2009
Charleston City Paper Adam aspires to be an indie Forrest Gump What is it with American cinema and sensitive, misunderstood loners? From Charlie Chaplin to Midnight Cowboy to Rain Man and Forrest Gump, few film themes seem more enduring than this one, of pitting an underdog against a hostile world. by Felicia Feaster 09/16/2009
Chicago Reader Beauty and the Geek Review of Adam, a romantic comedy about a "neurotypical" woman and a man with Asperger's. by Cliff Doerksen 08/06/2009
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Colorado Springs Independent Sweet emotions: Adam A confident, sure-footed dramatic comedy revolving around a tentative romance. by Jim Lane 12/02/2010
The Coast Halifax Adam a thoughtful love story Despite the filmmaker's best efforts to force feed us themes, Adam succeeds as a difficult romance. by Hillary Titley 09/10/2009

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