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Adam -- Soon after Beth (Byrne) moves into her new apartment, the beautiful, emotionally fragile writer is drawn to her downstairs neighbor, Adam, a handsome young guy who has Asperger's Syndrome. but odd fellow with whom a relationship seems impossible ...
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A story about two strangers. One a little stranger than the other...
Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Heart-warming with a dry sense of humour always steeped in refrained melancholy, See more (70 total) »


  (in credits order)

Hugh Dancy ... Adam Raki

Rose Byrne ... Beth Buchwald

Peter Gallagher ... Marty Buchwald

Amy Irving ... Rebecca Buchwald

Frankie Faison ... Harlan

Mark Linn-Baker ... Sam Klieber

Haviland Morris ... Lyra

Adam LeFevre ... Mr. Wardlow
Mike Hodge ... Judge

Peter O'Hara ... Williams

John Rothman ... Beranbaum

Terry Walters ... Michael

Steffany Huckaby ... Carol

Susan Porro ... Jen

Maddie Corman ... Robin

Jeff Hiller ... Rom

Karina Arroyave ... Teacher Assistant

Mark Doherty ... Cop # 1
Tom Levanti ... Cop #2

Ursula Abbott ... Kelli
Luka Kain ... Bruce
Brooke Johnston ... Stephanie
Lonnie McCullough ... Expert Witness

Tyler Poelle ... Bryan

Andrew Patrick Ralston ... Mr. Garland (Tour Leader)
Torsten N. Hillhouse ... Guest #1

Bill Dawes ... Scottie

Hunter Reid ... Child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Cagle ... Woman In The Subway (scenes deleted)

Victoria Dicce ... Bartender
Gary Cherkassky ... Marty Buchwald's Nephew (uncredited)

Andrew Flihan ... Busy Subway Patron (uncredited)
Markus Goldberg ... Street Kid (uncredited)
Katheryn Mcgaffigan ... Office Worker (uncredited)

Thatcher Robinson ... Field Trip Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Max Mayer 
Writing credits
Max Mayer (written by)

Produced by
Miranda de Pencier .... producer
Gary Giudice .... co-producer
Marc Lieberman .... associate producer
Geoff Linville .... co-producer
Daniel Revers .... executive producer (as Dan Revers)
Leslie Urdang .... producer
Dean Vanech .... producer
Christina Weiss Lurie .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Lennertz 
Cinematography by
Seamus Tierney (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Grant Myers 
Casting by
Sig De Miguel 
Stephen Vincent 
Production Design by
Tamar Gadish 
Art Direction by
Natalie Tyler 
Set Decoration by
Anita Chacinska  (as Anita Z. Chacinska)
Costume Design by
Alysia Raycraft 
Makeup Department
Michelle Brown .... key hair stylist
Amy Duskin .... key makeup artist (as Amy Spiegel)
Amy Duskin .... makeup department head (as Amy Spiegel)
Jill Karol .... hair assistant (as Jill Astmann)
Jill Karol .... makeup assistant (as Jill Astmann)
Courtney Lether .... hair assistant
Courtney Lether .... makeup assistant
Christopher Milone .... additional makeup artist
Rachel Stevens .... additional hair stylist
Rachel Stevens .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Matthew Vose Campbell .... unit production manager (as Matthew Campbell)
Marc Lieberman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Vose Campbell .... first assistant director (as Matthew Campbell)
Melissa Mugavero .... second assistant director
Art Department
Abraham Altbuch .... set dresser
Joseph Bonheim .... set dresser
Meghan Boody .... artist: Christmas party artwork and interiors
Kevin Brogan .... illustrator: hyper-technical
Brian Chapman .... assistant property master
Nick Davis .... set dresser
Amra Dumisic .... art department production assistant
Brian Fleischman .... art department production assistant
Brooke Hanson .... additional assistant property master
Kate Kraynak .... art department production assistant
Timothy Linden .... set dresser
Paul Deo Lowther .... digital prop designer
Aliana Menlendez .... set dresser
Les 'Fuzzy' Opiola .... carpenter
Danielle Payne .... additional assistant property master
August Popkin .... set dresser
Ira Powsner .... lead man
Seth Powsner .... set dresser
Erin Prickett .... art department production assistant
Ali Robinson .... art department production assistant
Marya Tessler .... illustrator
Meg Vinson .... property master
Paul Wala .... assistant carpenter
Sound Department
Nick Aniello .... assistant sound editor
Kevin Bowe .... boom operator (as Kevin C Bowe)
José Caldararo .... foley artist (as Jose Caldararo)
Justin M. Davey .... co-supervising sound editor (as J.M. Davey)
Justin M. Davey .... re-recording mixer (as J.M. Davey)
Bechen de Loredo .... foley recordist
Leandro de Loredo .... foley recordist
Brandon Huus .... additional boom operator
Nathan Lantaff .... sound effects editor
Jared Neal .... sound effects editor
Rodrigo Ortiz-Parraga .... foley editor
Guillermo Pena-Tapia .... boom operator
Phil Rosati .... sound mixer (as Philip Rosati)
Zach Seivers .... re-recording mixer
Zach Seivers .... supervising sound editor
Carrie Sheldon .... additional sound mixer
Mike Silvestri .... boom operator
Sebastián Sonzogni .... foley artist (as Sebastian Sonzogni)
Eric Gitelson .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Esteban Golubicki .... foley recordist (uncredited)
David Marcus .... director of sound services (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Carmen Del Toro .... digital asset supervisor: Sleight of Frame
Cassandra Fanning .... compositor: Sleight of Frame
Michael Farley .... compositor
Aidan Fraser .... visual effects supervisor: Sleight of Frame
Erin Lehmkühl .... compositor: Sleight of Frame (as Erin Lehmkuhl)
James Teague .... digital matte painter: Sleight of Frame (as james Neil Teague)
Maya Zuckerman .... visual effects animator: Sleight of Frame
Roy Farfel .... stunt rigger
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Abe Albach .... key rigging grip (as Abe Albuch)
David Anthony .... additional electrician
Kevin Aragon .... additional grip
Luis Armada .... best boy electric
Rebecca Arndt .... first assistant camera
Justin Bennett .... best boy grip
Mike Castro .... best grip rigger
Dylan Crawshay-Williams .... key grip
Tim Curtin .... video operator: s-two
Nicholas de Pencier .... cameraman: raccoon footage (as Nick de Pencier)
Erik DeGroot .... additional grip
Jacob Diaz .... additional grip
Deirdre Duffey .... still photographer
David Dutkus .... additional grip (as David A. Dutkus Jr.)
Greg Flores .... additional key grip
Lewis Fowler .... additional first assistant camera
Michael Fuchs .... camera intern (as Mike Fuchs)
Julia Griner .... still photographer
Lauren Haber .... first assistant camera
Kurt Harris .... rigging gaffer
Sarah-Jane Paterson Harrison .... camera intern
Michael Intile .... rigging electrician
Andy Jagerson .... jib operator
Daniel Katz .... additional grip
Daniel Katz .... third electrician
Chris Keenan .... rigging electrician
Marshall Korshak .... second assistant camera
Christian May .... key gaffer
David McDonough .... additional grip
Mike Milia .... jib operator (as Mike Mejia)
Kathryn Moss .... additional first assistant camera (as KT Comkowycz)
Eva Navon .... additional electrician
Dennis Noyes .... additional second assistant camera
Mike Petruezo .... additional electrician (as Mike Petruzzo)
Enrique Rico .... additional best boy grip
John Rotberg .... additional grip
Marlen Schlawin .... additional second assistant camera
Leo A. Schott III .... best boy electric (as Leo Schott)
Meg Schrock .... additional electrician
Lara Sfire .... additional electrician
Robert Shoemaker .... additional best boy electric (as Bob Shoemaker)
Francis Spieldenner .... Steadicam operator (as Francis Speildenner)
Matthew Van Doren .... best boy electric
Andreas Weeber .... high definition technician: s-twp
Nu Zhang .... best boy grip
Matt Zschoche .... additional gaffer (as Matthew Zschoche)
Michael Arisohn .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rita Powers .... extras casting
Sean Powers .... extras casting
Danielle Pretsfelder .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lauren Burgee .... wardrobe production assistant
Lisa Smith Craig .... wardrobe intern
Jane Gerber .... wardrobe intern
Aminah Haddad .... wardrobe intern
Susan Carter Hall .... additional wardrobe assistant
Innie Jones .... wardrobe production assistant
Nicole Korzenik .... additional assistant costume designer
Mik Young Kwan .... wardrobe intern
Margaret Moy .... key set costumer
Abby O'Sullivan .... assistant costume designer
Elisa Santiago .... wardrobe supervisor (as Elissa Satiago)
Marlaice Shoemate .... wardrobe intern (as Laicey Shoemate)
Martina Melendez .... additional wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Roger Ames Berger .... digital intermediate iq artist
Marisa Clayton .... digital intermediate project manager
Aaron Edell .... editor: s-two
Skip Kimball .... digital intermediate colorist
Casey Leming .... digital intermediate electronic graphics operator
Tim Maxwell .... digital transfer
Lucia Diaz Sas .... editor: s-two (as Lucia Diaz)
Toby Yates .... editing consultant
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer (uncredited)
Michael Mintz .... digital film colorist (uncredited)
Lucia Diaz Sas .... digital asset manager (uncredited)
Location Management
Neke Carson .... assistant location manager
Kevin Henderson .... location scout
Brendan Kehoe .... location scout
Brendan MacDevette .... location scout/assistant: Oregon (as Brendan McDevette)
David Occhino .... location manager
Colleen Patti .... location scout
Vernon Rodriguez .... location scout
Louis Zuppardi .... location manager
Music Department
Leon Blight .... scoring intern
Nick Fevola .... score coordinator
Christopher Lennertz .... conductor
Christopher Lennertz .... original score mixer (as Chris Lennertz)
Christopher Lennertz .... original score recordist (as Chris Lennertz)
Gary Liu .... scoring intern
Dana Niu .... music arranger
Boon Sim .... music arranger
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
Jeff Vaughn .... score recordist
Jeff Vaughn .... scoring mixer
Philip White .... score producer
Transportation Department
David Diamond .... driver
Michael Dzienkiewicz .... driver
Carolyn Eileen Lynch .... driver
Phil Parker .... driver (as Philip Porter)
Other crew
Kristin Andersons .... office assistant: Miranda de Pencier
Brian Arthur .... production assistant
Allen C. Bell .... key production assistant
Melissa Bostian .... assistant production office coordinator
Heidi Burbela .... office assistant: Miranda de Pencier
Omar Nieve Capra .... production assistant (as Omar Hernandez)
Matthew Celia .... additional production assistant (as Matt Celia)
Robyn Charles .... additional production assistant
Rachel Cofield .... assistant: Dean Vanech
Bryan Cordero .... production office intern
Alex Coursen .... additional production assistant
Tighe Damron .... additional production assistant
Stephen Dembitzer .... legal services: Dembitzer & Dembitzer (as Stephen A. Dembitzer)
Samuel Scott Doerr .... production assistant (as Samuel Doerr)
Lisa Dyer .... production coordinator
Delia Fiori .... production office intern
Brian Fleischman .... production office intern
Courtney Fransen .... production coordinator
Thomas Graves .... key craft service
Tal Harris .... production assistant
Megan Hawkins .... on-set assistant: Miranda de Pencier
Andrew Herwitz .... worldwide sales agent
Bill Hussey .... key production accountant
William Jackson .... production assistant (as William D. Jackson)
Innie Jones .... production assistant
Richard Jordan .... production assistant
Paul Kahil .... production assistant: first team
Jonathan Kaufman .... consultant: asperger's syndrome
Greg Lemonides .... caterer
Kim Ludlow .... script supervisor
Daniel Lugo .... production assistant
Carolyn Eileen Lynch .... production assistant (as Carolyn Lynch)
Jessica Martinez .... insurance agent: Ventura Brokerage
Joey McGill .... production assistant
Charlie Mosesson .... assistant production office coordinator (as Charles Mosesson)
Mike Murphy .... production assistant (as Michael Murphy)
Grant Myers .... title designer
Maria Nilsson .... production office intern
Steve Pines .... accounting services (as Steven R. Pines)
Traci Pohlson .... additional craft service
Philip Porter .... production assistant
Gina Resnick .... consultant: producing
Madeline Samit .... assistant: Leslie Urdang (as Madeline Shapiro)
Stephanie Sanet .... legal services: Dembitzer & Dembitzer (as Stephanie J. Sanet)
Stephen Scharf .... legal services: O'Melveny and Myers
Avi Sheer .... office intern
Avi Sheer .... production office intern
Amanda Thurm .... production office intern
Sabina Vajraca .... assistant: Max Mayer
Lauren Vanderschuur .... on-set production assistant
Paul Velle .... additional production assistant
Jeff Warden .... additional production assistant
Thomas L. Wentworth .... additional production assistant (as Thomas Wentworth)
Stephanie Wise .... production assistant
Christopher Wright .... parking coordinator
Melinda Ziyadat .... key production assistant
Eric Leblanc .... Translator French Subtitles (uncredited)
Ami Armstrong .... special thanks
Catherine Corpeny .... very special thanks
Lizzie Gottlieb .... special thanks
Paul Haggis .... special thanks
Alejandro G. Iñárritu .... special thanks (as Alejandro González Iñárritu)
Peter Kass .... special thanks
Julianna Margulies .... special thanks
Mary McDonnell .... special thanks
Rob Morrow .... special thanks
Ken Olin .... special thanks
Jon Tenney .... very special thanks
Patricia Wettig .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, sexual content and language
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Ireland:15A | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) | Sweden:7 (DVD rating) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45298)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: When Beth has her picture hanging up inside Adam's closet, he turns around to look at her and the clock next to Beth says 10:40. Then Adam looks at the picture again in confusion then looks at Beth again a few seconds later and the clock next to Beth then reads 10:39.See more »
[first lines]
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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Movie Connections:
References Forrest Gump (1994)See more »
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49 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Heart-warming with a dry sense of humour always steeped in refrained melancholy,, 14 August 2009
Author: Jamie Ward from United Kingdom

Somewhere above the clear skies of a disquieted New York skyline, some hundreds of billions of miles away there are stars and galaxies, clusters of light and unknowable beauty speeding away not only from us but from themselves. Eventually it will get to the point where all is inevitably lost, and the skies will be filled with an overwhelming black; nothingness and desolate loneliness for a heaven and a barren, sun-scorched planet for a home. "That's kind of… sad" says one character. "Sad?" repeats the nonplussed hobbyist-cosmologist before turning off his home-brew planetarium. Somewhere within one of these small gatherings of light lies New York itself, and in its central park dwell two harmless furry creatures known as Racoons. In the middle of a giant city, these little guys don't necessarily belong but they just happen to be there anyway—coming out at night and playing in their own peaceful isolation when the city closes one eye for the night. This somewhat romantic dualism of being torn apart from where you should be and ending up in world quite different from where you naturally belong is the glue that binds pages of Adam's story together. Brought into melancholic focus through characters, relationships, the nuances of ordinary life and a vast array of simplistic but nevertheless heart-warming sentiments through photography and music, Adam is a humbled and interesting take on love seen through the eyes of a fellow who—like those racoons—isn't quite where he ought to be.

A gifted an ostensibly neurotic figure, Adam (Hugh Dancy) is a smart, intelligent and insightful guy-next-door type who day-to-spotlessly-repetitive-day tries to overcome his disability in order to fit in with those he shares his city-life with. As is found out late into the first act of the feature, Adam is affected by Asperger's syndrome; a condition which often means that he cannot by any means tell what other people are thinking simply by reading their faces, body language or figurative words. Instead Adam relies on honesty and literal meaning; without this, he is lost, and to many this in turn makes him out to be a naïve child-like inconvenience. All this comes into play most dramatically however when a new neighbour, Beth (Rose Byrne), moves in above Adam's apartment. Unable to quite go about his attraction to Beth in conventional manners (at one point directly asking if she was "sexually excited… because I was."), romantic life it seems isn't about to blow any sympathy points in Adam's direction. After a series of quirky encounters involving Adam's love for space and a particularly intense sequence where he avoids going out with Beth out of fear, the relationship takes its turns and develops slowly but surely into an engaging piece of alternative romance. The result is an interesting look into a convoluted form of love from a different perspective that questions the sometimes trivial dos and don'ts of adult relationships when brought to Adam's plate.

In a way, the movie echoes recent features such as The Science of Sleep by Michel Gondry and last year's Lars and the Real Girl in that it pushes the "disability" of its lead character to be the central point of its narrative rather than fleeting romance. Sure enough, Adam is by no means a saint—he's simply different, and Mayer does well to always restate Adam's humanity despite his disability; this is no mawkish weepy or over-sentimental caricature painting. Like those features mentioned above however, Adam hits the proverbial nail on the head when it comes to dishing out moments of pathos anyway; there's light-hearted, whimsy comedy here; genuine, well-developed characterisation; and romance with drama that feels slightly romanticised but not at the extent of its characters and themes. Indeed, it's not hard to imagine audiences being more than slightly moved by Adam and Beth's somewhat troubled circumstances and this is much to the film's credit in that it plays as a character-piece but feels like a traditional romantic drama without sacrificing the former's traits.

Of course with a feature such as this, it would be easy to pile on the sentiment too heavily resulting in a mawkish and tawdry handkerchief-fest steeped in melodrama but thankfully this is not the case. Instead, Adam is cemented in place with an extremely engaging performance by leading man Hugh Dancy offset with a warm, feminine portrayal by Byrne. The chemistry between the two is as palpable as director Mayer obviously intended, which is kind of refrained in between the back-and-forth nature of Adam and Beth's perceptions of each other. So while not falling for the traditional, formaliac techniques of your average romance, Meyer nevertheless crafts something genuine and real for his characters. At times their romance is sweet and whimsical, at others frantic and awkward—such is one of Adam's biggest strengths. This of course will disgruntle some audiences upon which the story's conclusion should bear no redeeming fruit, but for those looking for something a little different there nevertheless remains a certain bittersweet sense of integrity about the story that remains consistent right through to the end. It's by no means a perfect tale, no, but for what it's worth, there's undoubtedly a whole lot of interesting qualities to Adam's plight here that take on a life of their own in the truest sense of the phrase.

Heart-warming with a dry sense of humour always steeped in refrained melancholy, Adam is an impressive and oft moving tale brought to life with memorable performances and a bittersweet account of love and its entwined complexities.

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