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:: About Adam

A romantic comedy usually rests solely on the charm of the two protagonists, or as in the case of About Adam, the four of them. We want desperately for them to get together, to live happily ever after, to show us that true love is possible for two people we would like to think we might be. When Harry Met Sally relied on our interest in the conversations of two people whom it would take years to realise they were perfect for each other. We liked Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks so much in Sleepless in Seattle that even though they didn’t meet until the end of the film, we knew only they were good enough for each other. With the personal charm of Stuart Townsend, Frances O’Connor and Kate Hudson, it would seem that About Adam is a sure bet. It’s not.

Stuart Townsend plays Adam, who sweeps Lucy Owens (Kate Hudson) off her feet and then proceeds to seduce her two sisters for no apparent reason, with some sort of psychic knowledge of exactly which cliched, one dimensional approach would work best. This is a comedy, aiming perhaps at farce, and so it’s not to be taken too seriously, however I was most certainly not cheering for the happy ending. All the characters were superficial prats and the whole thing was about as romantic as a fantasy room in a brothel. The women seemed to be a series of conquests for Adam and very little time was spent on the one supposedly real ‘love’ he had with Lucy, most of it being told to us through banal voice over. Frances O’Connor and Kate Hudson both give good performances with credible Irish accents, but with both their stars on the rise, they may rightly look on this film as an embarrassment.

Gerard Stembridge, the writer of Ordinary Decent Criminal, and the co writer of the upcoming Nora, based on the life of James Joyce, does not keep the pace fast and light enough for the deficiencies in character and motivation to be glossed over. It was impossible to believe a word of it.

Screening at Cinema Europa, Kino Cinemas, and Cinema Nova