Adam

"Weak"

Adam Review


Quirky and cute almost to the point of distraction, the offbeat romance is only rescued by its likeable cast and an intriguing storyline. But the writer-director overstates everything, and encourages his actors to do the same.

Adam (Dancy) lives in a Manhattan flat on his own after the death of his father. He has Asperger syndrome, working as a toy company microchip developer and pretty hopeless at relationships. Then Beth (Byrne) moves into his building, and they strike up a friendship that leads to romance. She's attracted to his honesty, although her parents (Gallagher and Irving) aren't so sure. And the events that follow in both Adam's and Beth's lives put a heavy strain on their relationship.

Like Juno, this is one of those clever films that feels like it's been written and re-written until all traces of real life have been drained completely from the script. The dialog is all so "meaningful" that there's no space for either spontaneity or humour. And the plot progresses to specific points through a structure that comes straight out of film school, from the deliberate sweetness to the moment when someone actually asks, "What is Asberger's?" Which of course allows for the obvious exposition.

All of this combines with a series of events that feel carefully contrived, performances that never allow for a moment of subtext and music that tells us exactly what to feel. In other words, it's all so overstated that it feels completely fake. That isn't to say that Dancy and Byrne don't find touching emotions along the way; and Irving is especially natural in her role. There's also a lovely sense that, even as Adam must learn to deal with others, Beth also has to discover how to be more open and honest with him.

So it's frustrating that Mayer piles on simplistic explanations and rather ludicrous events, including a distracting courtroom subplot that feels pasted in out of another film. Yet Mayer lingers on that while cutting away from Adam's experiences. And the timing of each plot element is so orchestrated that we simply can't believe it for a second. So even though some scenes find a real resonance, we never feel it actually grabs hold of us.



Adam

Facts and Figures

Run time: 99 mins

In Theaters: Friday 7th August 2009

Box Office USA: $2.1M

Distributed by: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 64%
Fresh: 82 Rotten: 46

IMDB: 7.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Max Mayer

Producer: Miranda de Pencier, , Dean Vanech

Starring: as Tobias Schmidt-Eberbach, as Uschi Mueller (als Désirée Becker), Yolanda Jilot as Vera Zechlin (als Yolande Gilot), Gunter Berger as Werner von Seydlitz, Dirk Dautzenberg as Lorenz, Peter Seum as Wagner, Liane Hielscher as Mrs. Zechlin, Ernst H. Hilbich as Mr. Zechlin, Hans-Werner Bussinger as Mr. Kroll, Mona Seefried as Doerthe von Seydlitz, Christine Schild as Doris, Jutta Boll as Annabelle, Piet Klocke as Jogger, Anita Kupsch as Hotel Clerk, Thomas Heller as Schroeder

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Alice Through the Looking Glass Movie Review

Alice Through the Looking Glass Movie Review

This much more light-hearted sequel reinvigorates the franchise after Disney's quirky but murky 2010 reboot...

Love & Friendship Movie Review

Love & Friendship Movie Review

Acclaimed filmmaker Whit Stillman reunites the stars of his 1998 drama The Last Days of...

Money Monster Movie Review

Money Monster Movie Review

A sleekly made thriller with a sparky sense of humour, this is also a rare...

X-Men: Apocalypse Movie Review

X-Men: Apocalypse Movie Review

This closing chapter of the First Class trilogy falls into the same trap as The...

Sing Street Movie Review

Sing Street Movie Review

A buoyant celebration of the power of music, this is the third blissfully entertaining musical...

Departure Movie Review

Departure Movie Review

Complex, dark and very moving, this British drama never makes things easy for the audience,...

Everybody Wants Some!! Movie Review

Everybody Wants Some!! Movie Review

Richard Linklater loosely follows on from two of his most acclaimed films with this lively...

Advertisement
Our Kind of Traitor Movie Review

Our Kind of Traitor Movie Review

John le Carre's novel is adapted with plenty of inventive style into a remarkably personal...

The Angry Birds Movie Movie Review

The Angry Birds Movie Movie Review

There's nothing particularly memorable about this frantic animated romp, which adapts the iconic phone-app game...

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising [Bad Neighbours 2] Movie Review

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising [Bad Neighbours 2] Movie Review

While it's amusing and sometimes very funny, there's an air of desperation about this sequel...

Florence Foster Jenkins Movie Review

Florence Foster Jenkins Movie Review

Although this comedy-drama seems to have been written specifically to give Meryl Streep a chance...

I Saw the Light Movie Review

I Saw the Light Movie Review

Writer-director Marc Abraham gets ambitious with this biopic about iconic country music star Hank Williams,...

Captain America: Civil War Movie Review

Captain America: Civil War Movie Review

After the formulaic thrills of The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, Marvel's Avengers were...

Son of Saul Movie Review

Son of Saul Movie Review

From Hungary, this year's Oscar-winning foreign film is a remarkably fresh take on the Holocaust...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.