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Film Review: “Adam”

(Fox Searchlight. 1 hour, 39 minutes. Rated PG-13 for thematic material, sexual content and language. Directed by Max Mayer.) Hugh Dancy (Adam Raki), Rose Byrne (Beth Buchwald), Peter Gallagher (Marty Buchwald), Amy Irving (Rebecca Buchwald), Frankie Faison (Harlan). Music by Christopher Lennertz.

Adam (Dancy), a young man diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, is attempting to live on his own after the death of his father. He meets and falls in love with his new neighbor Beth, daughter of a rich but troubled family, who slowly learns to accept Adam. With a decent script and a talented cast, Adam is a sweet but not terribly substantial film.

Having known someone with Asperger’s, I would say that Adam presents a largely respectful treatment of the disorder. Dancy does a good job avoiding caricature and doesn’t present Adam as a hopeless victim, though there is one scene that seems a bit out of character. Byrne is cute and appealing, but isn’t given much to do besides wearing an understanding smile or looking put-upon. Gallagher is satisfyingly oily as Beth’s businessman father, Irving is warm as Beth’s mother, and Faison is very entertaining as Adam’s guardian and friend. His talk with Adam about “lunch topics” is a keeper. Adam and Beth’s relationship is handled well and has a sweetness to it, but is diminished somewhat by the film’s focus on Adam’s affliction. The unnecessary subplot involving Beth’s father’s shady business dealings doesn’t help matters either. Fox Searchlight has certainly cornered this summer’s market for indie romances, releasing this along with (500) Days of Summer (though I would recommend the latter). A charming but flawed film.

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