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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) (31 July 2009)

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$2,277,396 (USA) (13 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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References Forrest Gump (1994) See more »

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Gone Away
Written by Lucy Schwartz
Performed by Lucy Schwartz
Courtesy of Lucy Schwartz by arrangement with Nettwerk Management, LCC
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"Adam" is one of the best written films of its kind
5 July 2010 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The adjectives used to market "Adam" include: romantic, funny, delightful, poignant, uplifting, humorous. I have to disagree with most of those, especially: funny, humorous and delightful. A comedy it is not.

But that's not to say that it isn't good. It's actually quite good. "Adam" is a tumultuous romantic relationship story centered on a young man with Asberger's syndrome. The main characters are Adam (Hugh Dancy), his love interest Beth (Rose Byrne), her father (Peter Gallagher), her mother (Amy Irving) and Adam's guardian (Frankie Faison). Each of these characters have their own story line which perfectly complements the main story. All of the characters have been vividly painted with complexity, emotion, and authenticity.

This is one of the most complete films in terms of quality of writing, direction, and overall superb technical film-making.

Of the adjectives to describe "Adam" I would use: genuine, sentimental, and heartbreaking. It is one of the best written films of its kind, but loses stars because of mis-marketing. It's not even close to a romantic comedy, perhaps it's a romantic drama if it can even be categorized.


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