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Adam (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 28 August 2009 (USA)
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Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth.

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Soon after moving in, Beth, a brainy, beautiful writer damaged from a past relationship encounters Adam, the handsome, but odd, fellow in the downstairs apartment whose awkwardness is perplexing. Beth and Adam's ultimate connection leads to a tricky relationship that exemplifies something universal: truly reaching another person means bravely stretching into uncomfortable territory and the resulting shake-up can be liberating. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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A story about two strangers. One a little stranger than the other...

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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28 August 2009 (USA)  »

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Adam - Eine Geschichte über zwei Fremde. Einer etwas merkwürdiger als der Andere.  »

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$68,377 (USA) (2 August 2009)

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$2,277,396 (USA) (15 November 2009)
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2.35 : 1
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Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne, British and Australian respectively, both had to use American accents for this film. See more »

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When Adam is sitting on the steps of the apartment and Beth comes back out to talk to him the door behind her changes from slightly open to closed. See more »

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Beth Buchwald: My favorite children's book is about a little prince who came to Earth from a distant asteroid. He meets a pilot whose plane has crashed in a desert. The little prince teaches the pilot many things but mainly about love. My father always told me I was like the little prince. But after I met Adam, I realized I was the pilot all along...
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Someone Else's Life
Written by Joshua Radin
Performed by Joshua Radin
Courtesy of Columbia Record by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Astronomical Adam
30 August 2009 | by (FLA-GA) – See all my reviews

Fresh and tangy, "Adam" is not your typical summer romance. The comedy emerges naturally from the situations that surround two appealing characters who develop a sweet, slightly complicated relationship. The acting is strong, especially Hugh Dancy's characterization of the title character. Rose Byrn as Beth is as easy to watch as she is easy to like.

I liked writer and director Max Mayer's ideas. Other people might have used a broader brush, but Mayer's narrative develops a simple momentum and a believable conclusion. Mayer avoids deliberate gags or gag-reflex resolution, and creates a film that is tender and very pretty. Adding to "Adam"'s appeal was the astronomy motif with its layers of stars, planets and pulsars. I thought the metaphor linking the the universe's creation to the distance that separates objects in space was particularly resonant, and I encourage people to pay attention to shooting stars.


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