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About Adam (2000)

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A waitress falls for a handsome customer who seduces her, her two sisters, her brother, and her brother's girlfriend.

Director:

Gerard Stembridge

Writers:

Gerard Stembridge, Tommy Tiernan (stand-up material written by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tommy Tiernan Tommy Tiernan ... Simon
Kate Hudson ... Lucy Owens
Frances O'Connor ... Laura Owens
Stewart Roche Stewart Roche ... Customer #1
Aoife Maloney Aoife Maloney ... Customer #2
Donal Beecher Donal Beecher ... Andy
Stuart Townsend ... Adam
Rosaleen Linehan Rosaleen Linehan ... Peggy Owens
Charlotte Bradley Charlotte Bradley ... Alice Rooney
Alan Maher ... David Owens
Brendan Dempsey Brendan Dempsey ... Martin Rooney
Cathleen Bradley Cathleen Bradley ... Karen
Kathy Downes Kathy Downes ... Dympna
Mark Smith Mark Smith ... Dracula
Roger Gregg Roger Gregg ... Professor Harry McCormick
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Storyline

A waitress meets personable, attractive Adam and they soon become lovers, then get engaged. Wasting no time, Adam starts an affair with her bookish sister, who knows about the first relationship. Their (none-too-happily) married third sister knows about both these liaisons but is still attracted to Adam. The lad is certainly playing the field, but in their own ways the girls seem to be getting just as much out of the deal as him. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

He came. He saw. He conquered. One sister at a time.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 January 2001 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Todo sobre Adam See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£86,474 (United Kingdom), 21 January 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,300, 13 May 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$151,559, 27 May 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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[Lucy is talking into a microphone onstage at the restaurant]
Lucy Owens: My family's here tonight sitting at that table over there. Were celebrating my mum's birthday today. We all love you, Peggy Owens! And, there's a man down there in my crowd called Adam and he's my fella. And I know my mum's mad about him. So I thought the best present I could give my mum would be to say that him and I are going to get married.
[Crowd starts cheering loudly]
Lucy Owens: Oh, wait! No, no, no! No, no! Wait, wait, wait! You see, I ...
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Connections

Version of Nuguna bimileun itda (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

You Do Something to Me
Written by Cole Porter
(c) Harma Inc.
Used by kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
Performed by Kate Hudson
Piano: Donal Beecher
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A smart, funny comedy
9 June 2005 | by hall895See all my reviews

About Adam received new life after Kate Hudson became almost famous. But while Hudson plays a key role this film is, quite literally, about Adam, as played wonderfully by Stuart Townsend. The film begins with young Irish singing waitress Lucy, as played by Hudson with an Irish accent that comes and goes, meeting the mysterious Adam. She immediately falls for him and their new romance proceeds happily along. Lucy brings Adam home to meet the family and here things get turned on their head. After seeing the story play out from Lucy's perspective we go back and revisit the same time period from different points of view, those of Lucy's two sisters and brother. It soon becomes apparent that Adam is not quite what he seems and that he has become much closer to Lucy's family than she would ever believe.

Frances O'Connor as the quiet, bookish Laura and Charlotte Bradley as the unhappily married Alice will each strike up their own serious relationship with Adam. As we see each of the sisters' stories unfold it puts a new spin on all that we have seen before. Even Lucy's brother finds himself oddly attracted to Adam while Lucy floats along completely oblivious to all that is swirling around her. Each of the key roles is performed well and enough time is given to allow us to explore the motivations of each of these characters. If we didn't really get to know these people and what drives them, everyone involved could come off rather badly, especially Townsend's Adam. But the director makes each character sympathetic enough and it all ties together very well.

A clever script, mostly terrific acting, intriguing characters, wonderful Irish scenery and a very smart plot device that adds a unique twist to everything...About Adam has a lot going for it. It's a smart, funny, enjoyable ride.


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