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About Adam (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  19 January 2001 (Ireland)
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A waitress falls for a handsome customer who seduces her, her two sisters, her brother, and her brother's girlfriend.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Tiernan ...
Laura Owens
Stewart Roche ...
Customer #1
Aoife Maloney ...
Customer #2
Donal Beecher ...
Rosaleen Linehan ...
Peggy Owens
Charlotte Bradley ...
Alice Owens Rooney
David Owens
Brendan Dempsey ...
Martin Rooney
Cathleen Bradley ...
Kathy Downes ...
Mark Smith ...
Roger Gregg ...
Prof. Harry McCormick


A waitress meets personable, attractive Adam and they soon become lovers, then get engaged. Wasting no time, Adam starts an affair with her bookish sister, who knows about the first relationship. Their (none-too-happily) married third sister knows about both these liaisons but is still attracted to Adam. The lad is certainly playing the field, but in their own ways the girls seem to be getting just as much out of the deal as him. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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He came. He saw. He conquered. One sister at a time.


Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 January 2001 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Todo sobre Adam  »

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Opening Weekend:

£86,474 (UK) (19 January 2001)


$151,559 (USA) (25 May 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Lucy Owens: [Lucy, thinking to herself while singing onstage] Ugh, This place is full of ex-boyfriends. No, don't worry, I'm not interested. there's another. Ugh, maybe Laura was right. I just can't make my mind up. I mean, they're nice boys. Well, most of them... but you know, sometimes you just wish a new face would pop up and... Oh! Well, now, look at that! Hands off, Maria. I saw him first. Is he really that shy, I wonder. Hmm. Well I suppose it's nice for a change. Ok, here goes...
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Remade as Everybody Has a Little Secret (2004) See more »


Composed by Fergus and Rosaleen Linehan
Performed by Rosaleen Linehan
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"Oh my god. Those women - those stupid women." - Laura
19 May 2003 | by (Perth, Western Australia) – See all my reviews

I guess from my reaction to many a romantic comedy, some may think I'm male. Actually I'm a heterosexual female who enjoys ORIGINAL romantic comedy, but I also have half a brain and expect some degree of intelligence from films.

The Laura character summed this film up pretty thoroughly for me. She is an English actor, meaning that two of the main characters, including of course THE main female lead, were not Irish. I can't be bothered repeating why this is extremely sad - it's been said so many times - but the marketing machine behind most movies will not change it's mind about shoving Americans (or Brits) into the leads in "foreign" films, no matter how much people complain. They want the bucks, you know, and a famous names DOES mean more bums on seats. Sad but true.

I found this film uninspired. There were perhaps 2 or 3 genuinely amusing and surprising lines. The characters were pretty much laughable, in a bad way. Adam's justification for his machiavellian behaviour I found ridiculous and unconvincing. This guy is not altruistic - that much should have been patently obvious to anyone with a brain half the size of an ant's b**ls.

I hung on to the end. Lord knows why as I tend to advise: if you don't like a movie, turn it off. Maybe I'm feeling rather masochistic today or maybe I kept hoping something was going to happen to make it worth my while. It didn't.

That said, if you don't care about intelligent scripts or whether a movie rehashes themes/styles/plots that have been done better elsewhere many a time and if you like fluffy, pointless romantic comedy no matter what, then watch and enjoy! 4/10

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