» Reviews: Adam

L.E. Green

|    Monday, April 19, 2010

  • Director: Max Mayer
  • Producer: Gary Giudice, Geoff Linville, Dan Revers, Christina Weiss Lurie, Leslie Urdang, Miranda de Pencier, Dean Vanech
  • Writer: Max Mayer
  • Starring: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Frankie Faison, Mark Linn-Baker, Haviland Morris, Adam LeFevre
  • Distributor: Fox Searchlight
  • Running Time: 99 min
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy

Adam is described as the story of two strangers who find a connection despite their social differences. What it’s really about is a couple of years in the life of a 29-year-old man with Aspergers Syndrome, and the outsider’s perspective of the girl who falls in love with him. It’s touching, surprising, sometimes shocking, and the writing, coupled with Dancy’s performance gives you a decent understanding of the condition. The film’s subplot adds some necessary backstory to Beth’s character, and, overall, Adam feels like it could be a real story. It’s not overwritten or cliché. It’s just a must watch.

Special Features

The Adam DVD contains all of the usual commentaries, deleted scenes and trailers, as well as a “making-of” featurette. What makes these commonly standard extras stand out is that they actually add more power to the film, particularly the inclusion of the original Sundance Film Festival ending as an alternate ending, and very specific deleted scenes. The alternate (original) ending was just too short, and the new ending gives a better understanding of his life by that point. Similarly, particular deleted scenes would have diluted the more shocking parts of the film. They’re worth watching, with or without commentaries.

Verdict: Rent It


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