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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Adam

2009 99 minutes
Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher
Written and Directed by Max Mayer
***.5 out of ****

Adam refuses to hold its subject matter with kid's gloves. Adam revolves around the titular character's attempt at a romantic relationship with a young schoolteacher, Beth. Adam has Asperger's Syndrome, and in a lesser film he would prove to Beth that he is actually a beautiful person, and Beth, radically changed by this revelation, would ride off with Adam into the sunset. Adam is not a lesser film. It is a brave film, not afraid to explore the idea that being in a romantic relationship with someone who has Asperger's can not only be trying, but for some people impossible. Most romantic comedies are lucky to be half as graceful and humorous as this one, and few if any do it while tackling a subject matter as difficult as Adam.

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