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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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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Marty Buchwald
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Sam Klieber
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Lyra
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Mr. Wardlow
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Judge
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Williams
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Beranbaum
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Michael
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Carol
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Jen
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Robin
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,377, 2 August 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,277,396, 15 November 2009
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

Can't Go Back Now
Written by Deb Talan and SteveTannen
Performed by The Weepies
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
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Adam, he doesn't belong here, but yet, here he is
30 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

I've been meaning to watch Adam for quite some time now and the film matched my expectations. The good thing about small independent films is that the stories are usually very personal and rich. That's the case with Adam, a film with substance and meaning. The film begins with the 29 year old Adam attending his father funeral and then returning to a lonely empty house. Beth, a writer damaged from a past relationship moves into the building where Adam lives and soon they meet. Adam is handsome but he's also odd and awkward. He suffers from Asperger syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that causes difficulties in social interaction, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. Despite this, Adam is very bright and Beth takes an interest in him. This leads to a relationship but, is it right? Are they fit for each other?... Adam is not so much a romantic comedy but more of a character study as it shows Adam and Beth learning and growing from each other and stepping into unfamiliar territory. Hugh Dancy is tremendous as the lead character Adam and his portrayal never appears as a caricature. Instead he relies on small gestures and certain facial expressions which results in a very moving and impressive performance. Rose Byrne was very good as Beth as well, although I wish her character had been better written. I say this because sometimes, she is extremely sensitive to Adam's condition but on a few occasions she almost seems to forget about it. Peter Gallagher, Rose Byrne and Amy Irving compose the supporting cast with Gallagher doing a terrific job (as usual) as Beth's father. Adam doesn't have the clichéd happy ending so usual in Hollywood, instead it presents us with an authentic and realistic conclusion that felt very satisfying. Adam is a breath of fresh air, it's a genuine film with a very moving and well written story.

8/10


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