DVD: Adam (12)
Friday 19 February 2010
Adam has Asperger's, a high-functioning form of autism. He's also got a new neighbour, Beth.
They're both pretty, and young, and he shows her stars, and raccoons living in Central Park – you get the idea. Unlikely love flourishes. Hugh Dancy pulls off the role of awkward Adam, but Rose Byrne as love interest is irritating in almost every scene. She's written as vacuous and blandly nice – by contrast, even Adam's obsessive science-geek enthusiasms don't seem like signs of a disorder but signs of life. Sitting safely in the rom-com genre, writer-director Max Mayer never really interrogates the realities of having a relationship with someone on the autistic spectrum. Though judging by the syrupy score, it's really, like, emotional.
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