You donít get too many movies that does one Aspergerís, especially ones
that are a romantic comedyÖ although the TV Series Boston Legal did as
director May Mayer with Adam. For the uninitiated, Aspergerís is a type of autism that affects a considerable amount of
people worldwide, some more than others. Depending on their condition,
they can lead quite normal lives and this is where Adam (Hugh Dancy)
comes into the picture, a man who was under the watchful wings of his
father, until he unfortunately passed away.
Adam also features some
quirky behaviours of his own such as performing the same tasks day after
day and with his father now deceased, his prospect of the resemblance of
a normal life seems squashed. For now, Adam continues to work in a
factory and does the same old routine day after day.
However when a new neighbour named Beth
(Rose Byrne) moves into the apartment building, they both begin to take
an interest in each other and a relationship is eventually formed...
enter the conflicts!
are several conflicts in the movie such as Adam being afraid to tell
Beth of his condition, Beth afraid to commit due to his disorder and
last but not least, Bethís father Marty (Peter Gallagher) who frowns on
his daughter choices.
It may seem a little convoluted but itís actually
an endearing story that is masterfully acted by Dancy who really
captures certain aspects of Aspergerís
Syndrome. Byrne is equally as good as she attempts to draw out or
ďnormaliseĒ Adam and both actors seem comfortable with not only their
roles but also each other.
and audio quality
of ADAM is decent but where it does shine is through the interesting
alternate ending (better than the movie), a featurette with Rose Byrne
and commentary by the director. The commentary is interesting, although
a little dry as are the deleted scenes.
Commentary by the Director
Life after school with Rose Byrne
In conclusion, itís an interesting premise that works well
on most levels, although some of the subplots seem a little rushed at
times but overall, it works well. Special Features, Video Quality,