ADAM

Whimsical and Conflicted

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Release Date: July 29, 2009

Starring: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Amy Irving, Peter Gallagher, Frankie Faison, and Mark Linn-Baker

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 99 minutes

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Content:

(H, B, Ab, Ro, L, V, S, N, A, M) Light humanist worldview with discussion of evolution of the universe as well as references to Scripture and some immoral qualities refuted but some moral qualities rebuted, plus some Romantic elements; 9 obscenities and 2 profanities; two fight scenes, man trashes room by throwing furniture and police rough up a person; woman guides man with Asperger Syndrome into having sexual relations with her and tells him when she wants sex; upper male nudity at one point; alcohol use in moderation; no smoking or drugs; and, lying rebuked and then condoned, sex rejected and then accepted, and other conflicted values.

Summary:

ADAM is a quirky love story about a clever, sheltered young man in New York with an autistic handicap who is drawn into a romance with his cosmopolitan, beautiful new neighbor. It has a compelling winsome quality, but requires extreme caution because of some sexual content, foul language, and a conflicted worldview with mixed moral messages.

Review:

ADAM is a compelling, well produced movie, but it fails to fulfill its potential and has mixed, conflicted morals and worldviews.

The movie opens with a voice over of the female lead character, Beth, stating that her favorite book as a child was THE LITTLE PRINCE. Her father always called her the space traveler in the story, but when she met Adam, she realized that he was the little prince space traveler, and she was the stranded pilot.

The movie opens at the funeral of Adam’s father. Soon thereafter, Beth moves into his building in New York City. Adam suffers from Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism that makes him ruthlessly blunt and honest and socially very insecure. He is also an electronics genius.

Beth, who is a teacher at an experimental elementary school, takes an interest in Adam. He does frighten her at times with his bluntness, but she comes to appreciate him and even love him. When he mentions sex, she refuses but eventually guides him step by step into a sexual relationship. She also engineers a meeting with her parents.

Adam loses his job designing electronic toys because the toys he designs are too expensive. To prepare him for the job search, Beth teaches him how to be more socially subtle and adept.

Adam finds out by reading her schedule that she manipulated him into meeting her parents. Adam blows up at her for lying and trashes her apartment in a violent rage. She travels up to the suburbs to stay with her family. His father’s best friend tells him he needs to make up with Beth because everyone lies. Adam ventures out into the unknown world to find Beth.

This movie has a compelling winsome quality, but, regrettably crosses several boundaries. Sex becomes one of the primary motivations of Adam and Beth’s relationship. Adam is taught that lying is okay. Beth mentions that God created, and corrects her by explaining the evolutionary view of the universe.

The acting in ADAM is superb, and the production quality and direction are excellent. Regrettably, the script falls apart at the end. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

In Brief:

ADAM, a quirky love story, opens with Beth commenting in a voice over that her favorite book is THE LITTLE PRINCE. Her father called her the space traveler, but when she meets Adam, she realizes that he is the Little Prince space traveler and she is the stranded pilot. Just after Adam’s father’s funeral, Beth moves into his building in New York City. Adam suffers from Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism that makes him ruthlessly blunt, honest and socially insecure. He is an electronics genius. Beth, who teaches at an experimental elementary school, takes an interest in Adam. Beth guides Adam into an affair, but Adam catches Beth in a lie that impedes their romance.

ADAM has a compelling winsome quality, but crosses several boundaries. For example, sex becomes one of the primary motivations in their relationship. Also, Adam learns that lying is okay. When Beth mentions that God created everything, Adam corrects her by explaining to her the evolutionary view of the universe. The production quality of ADAM is excellent, with wonderful performances. Regrettably, the script falls apart at the end. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for ADAM.