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:: Adam

When the word ‘romance’ is used to describe a film you rarely think the film will consist of a good storyline, wonderful acting and totally engross its audience. But that is exactly what happens with romantic-drama ‘Adam’. You can’t help but fall in love with the two main characters and for once you actually care what happens to them… now that doesn’t happen in many Hollywood films these days.

Adam (Hugh Dancy) is completely lost. The Asperger’s Syndrome sufferer hates change so he is devastated by the loss of his father. His life is then thrown into further chaos when his boss, Sam Klieber (Mark Linn-Baker) sacks him. Then he meets his new neighbour, Beth Buchwald (Rose Byrne) beautiful young woman who finds herself attracted to Adam. While Beth tries to learn more about Adam and his condition her parents Marty (Peter Gallagher) and Rebecca (Amy Irving) show their distaste for the relationship.

While so many people were eagerly anticipating ‘Two Lovers’ and predicting it to be the romantic-drama of the year it is simply blown out of the water by ‘Adam’, a film that not only entertains but also educates people on what it is like to live with Asperger’s Syndrome… not an easy thing to do. Director/screenwriter, Max Mayer manages to do this without the film becoming a cheesy made-for-TV melodrama, instead he lets ‘Adam’ play out as an intelligent drama that has the sophistication of a dramatic theatre performance.

Mayer is well supported by his leads; Hugh Dancy is magnificent in the role of Adam, and you can only wonder whether or not his demanding role may attract some Oscar-buzz. Meanwhile Rose Byrne shows the world what Australian audiences have known for a long time… that she is damn fine actress that can make any role her own.

If you are looking for romantic comedy then ‘Adam’ is not the film for you; instead this is romantic drama at its very best. Dancy and Byrne shine in a film that you can’t help but fall in love with.