Saturday, July 5, 2014

Adam (2009)

IMDb plot summary: Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth.
Directed by Max Mayer. Starring Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, and Amy Irving.

(Mild spoilers ahead about the ending.)

I was hesitant through most of this movie. I have a LOT of good friends with varying levels of Asperger's Syndrome or social disorders, and I worried this movie would either 1) paint them as incapable of having relationships at all, OR 2) play the "love makes every relationship super easy, even magically fixing mental and physical problems" card. Fortunately, it veered away from that and ended on a very satisfying note. Adam is a great character -- very easy to root for -- and most of Beth's interactions with him rang very true. It's no Mozart and the Whale, but it's a pretty solid story, and I enjoyed it.

3 stars.

Flickchart: #814 out of 2160, below I'm a Cyborg But That's OK and above The Man Who Wasn't There.

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