MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 615 this week

Young Adam (2003)

6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 10,076 users   Metascore: 67/100
Reviews: 109 user | 109 critic | 32 from Metacritic.com

A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - Guardians of the Galaxy

In the latest episode of IMDb: What to Watch, Keith Simanton talks with director James Gunn and actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel about their movie Guardians of the Galaxy.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 06 Feb 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 26 May 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 13 Sep 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 25 Feb 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 16 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Young Adam" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Young Adam (2003)

Young Adam (2003) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Young Adam.
7 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy, named Dickie Greenleaf. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

Director: Anthony Minghella
Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law
21 Grams (2003)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Stars: Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts
In Bruges (2008)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

Director: Martin McDonagh
Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the unpalatable side of London life.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou, Sophie Okonedo
Traffic (2000)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is an addict.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Fargo (1996)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.

Director: Joshua Marston
Stars: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Guilied Lopez, Orlando Tobón
Collateral (2004)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.

Director: Michael Mann
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith
Jackie Brown (1997)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A flight attendant becomes a key figure in a plot between the police and an arms dealer.

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
The Town (2010)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down.

Director: Ben Affleck
Stars: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm
Bound (1996)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caeser.

Directors: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Therese Bradley ...
Gwen
Ewan Stewart ...
Daniel Gordon
...
Bill
Pauline Turner ...
Connie
Alan Cooke ...
Bob M'bussi
...
Sam
...
Freight Supervisor
Andrew Neil ...
Barman
Arnold Brown ...
Bowler Hat Man
Meg Fraser ...
Stall Woman
Edit

Storyline

Joe, a rootless young drifter, finds work on a barge travelling between Glasgow and Edinburgh, owned by Les and his wife Ella. One afternoon they discover the corpse of a young woman floating in the water. Accident? Suicide? Murder? As the police investigate and suspect is arrested, we discover that Joe knows more than he is letting on. Gradually we learn of Joe's past relationship with the dead woman. Meanwhile an unspoken attraction develops between Joe and Ella, heightening the claustrophobic tensions in the confined space of the barge. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

river | drifter | barge | police | murder | See more »

Genres:

Drama | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El joven Adán  »

Box Office

Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$50,278 (USA) (16 April 2004)

Gross:

$767,240 (USA) (13 August 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After finding the body, Joe is sitting on a bucket at the dockside, a famous pose of that Dundonian cartoon rascal Oor Wullie, whose own father used to work on the docks. See more »

Goofs

The chords heard as Les plays the guitar change, but his fingers don't move. See more »

Quotes

Joe Taylor: [after having sex with Ella] Are you sorry?
Ella Gault: Fat lot of good that would do me.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

THE GREAT WESTERN ROAD
Written & Performed by David Byrne
Published by Moldy Fig Music (BMI)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Relentless character study of a man on the run
14 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

The films focus on translating the novels first person perspective is clearly an obsession for this director. Never is the audiences attention allowed outside of Joe's point of view. We see only what he sees, we hear nothing more and we remember his life in little snatches, moments of dark disgusting and secret clarity he keeps from the world.

The film starts with a corpse, a barely dressed woman floating in the Clyde that is fished out by Joe; a young man working the barges for reasons that are not immediately clear. This brutal beginning in which we see Joe lay a tender hand on the cold dead flesh of the girl begins the film with a level of tension that rarely leaves the screen. Through his actions and - more importantly - his inactions we peel away the outer layers of a man on the run from himself, from responsibility and from guilt. We see him commit two murders by mission of inaction and we see him quietly dealing with that in one last lingering shot that tells us he will never change.

Joe is sexually driven to destroy life around him and he uses sex as a weapon against himself and against the possibility of settling or creating a future. He could be a writer, but he lacks the courage to read his own work. He could be a father, but he cannot face the thought of commitment. He could be a lover, but he makes love to women only as a means to an end, rejecting and pushing them away once the act is completed.

And this is the film in a nutshell. A relentless character study of an unpleasant man who punishes those around him for his own failings. Yes there is gratuitous sex in this film, but it has its place, it defines the moments of change in everyone else's lives while underlining the static character of Joe, played with utter brilliance by Ewen McGregor. The sex is cold, rather than erotic, reflecting the characters contempt for those he uses. Without the detailed sex scenes the film would be less than it is, but audiences expected to be titillated will come away disappointed.

Not without flaws this film has that perplexing title and a scene in which Joe beats his girlfriend after covering her with custard. The scene is alien to both the film and the character of Joe who gives no indication of being violent, rather a man that will walk out on a problem rather than face the awful possibility of confrontation. In fact Ewen McGregor seems embarrassed to play this scene, as though he too cannot link this outburst to the character he is playing.

But this minor quibble apart the film remains an artistically shot work, played with brilliance by everyone. Its rare to see a film where the whole cast are brilliant, where the script is clearly cut and the direction thought through. The visual aspect of the film is also tremendous with each shot being laid out in front of us like a painting, a wondrous work of art that moves and flows to show us the 60's post war Brittan with utter clarity.

Hollywood please take note.


50 of 66 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
young adam? burkestephanie
these actors disappointed me mariantheitalian
The Extended Scene..... Ewansgirl144
r vs. nc-17 BunuelCronenberg
THOUGHTS AND QUESTIONS gazbomb
Soundtrack Bluenymph21
Discuss Young Adam (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?