Movie Review: ADAM

Friday, July 17, 2009
By Abbey Khan

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Relationships are complicated, but what happens when an uptown girl starts dating a guy who’s never left the city? A lot of quirkiness. When Beth Buchwald (Rose Byrne) first moves into Adam Raki’s (Hugh Dancy) building, she uses her charm to attract Adam, only he shows no romantic interest in her. Unbeknownst to her, Adam is very interested, he is just unable to read what other people are thinking and feeling due to his Asperger’s Syndrome, a common form of high-functioning autism. They begin a friendship that develops into an unlikely romance where they learn from one another. Beth teaches Adam how to conduct himself in social situations, preps him for a job interview, and how to be more independent. Adam shows Beth how to appreciate the simpler things in life and showers her with his knowledge of astronomy. Only, their relationship is tested by family and deception.


Image is courtesy of Fox Searchlight/Julia Griner

Recommendation: B
Adam isn’t your predictable romantic comedy. There are some twists and turns in the film, and even though there is a happy ending, the ending itself isn’t anticipated. Hugh Dancy plays the role to perfection, making him one to watch as a future Oscar contender. Max Mayer did a fine job writing the script but the story may have been better told if he let someone else direct the film. B rating

Adam is a Fox Searchlight film and opens in select theaters on Wednesday, July 29, 2009.

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