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Adam (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, 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.

Director:

Max Mayer

Writer:

Max Mayer
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A story about two strangers. One a little stranger than the other...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

In response to Beth's query about what "10 to the minus 39th power" means, Adam states that it is the number represented by a decimal point followed by 39 zeros followed by a "1". Actually, it is the number represented by a decimal point followed by 38 zeros followed by a "1". See more »

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[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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Connections

References Forrest Gump (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't Go Back Now
Written by Deb Talan and Steve Tannen
Performed by The Weepies
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
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Astronomical Adam
30 August 2009 | by cheryllynecox-1See all my reviews

Fresh and tangy, "Adam" is not your typical summer romance. The comedy emerges naturally from the situations that surround two appealing characters who develop a sweet, slightly complicated relationship. The acting is strong, especially Hugh Dancy's characterization of the title character. Rose Byrn as Beth is as easy to watch as she is easy to like.

I liked writer and director Max Mayer's ideas. Other people might have used a broader brush, but Mayer's narrative develops a simple momentum and a believable conclusion. Mayer avoids deliberate gags or gag-reflex resolution, and creates a film that is tender and very pretty. Adding to "Adam"'s appeal was the astronomy motif with its layers of stars, planets and pulsars. I thought the metaphor linking the the universe's creation to the distance that separates objects in space was particularly resonant, and I encourage people to pay attention to shooting stars.


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