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

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Release Date:

28 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$68,377 (USA) (31 July 2009)


$2,277,396 (USA) (13 November 2009)

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The Chief Executive Officer of Halloran, in the letter regarding Adam's interview, is named Tamar Ganish. The film's production designer is Tamar Gadish. See more »


When Beth is talking on the phone inside the classroom, the motion of the woman in the background is reversed. See more »


[first lines]
Beth Buchwald: My favorite children's book is about a little prince who came to earth 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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References Forrest Gump (1994) See more »


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Good movie referencing the topic of Aspergers
29 December 2009 | by (Edmonton, Canada) – See all my reviews

Having a son-in-law that has Aspergers symptoms, I found the movie to be quite realistic in a non-Hollywood way. It didn't stoop to many of the clichés that several movies trying to tackle this subject fell into.

The lead actor did a great job portraying the attitude and personality of someone with Aspergers. His portrayal was quite well done, and accurate to real life situations He obviously did his homework when researching the character and the side effects of Aspergers syndrome.

Unfortunately, I found the lead female character (and the script components related to this character) to be less than believable. My personal opinion is that people with Aspergers syndrome tend to have a lack of empathy for other people (as portrayed in this movie), so it requires someone with extra empathy and forgiveness to be able to understand and relate to them (unless of course the partner has Aspergers themselves, which helps them understand and relate to the other person).

She didn't portray herself as an overly empathetic person, especially when dealing with her father's problems. Most children would be empathetic to their own parents first and foremost. She seemed to be forgiving of the lead characters flaws, but didn't really show a lot of emotion during the tense situations and unusual circumstances that cropped up.

Other than that, I thought it was a very good movie touching on this subject. If it weren't for the weak script and the issues with the lead female characterization, I would have given it a 10.

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