The Movie "Adam" and Asperger's Syndrome

The Movie "Adam" and Asperger's Syndrome

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Aug 11, 2009 at 5:04 PM PDT
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This past weekend I got the chance to see the movie "Adam." I don't know why it wasn't nationally released. It is a wonderful movie that I think more people should watch. It is not the typical romantic comedy. It also sheds light on the disorder known as Asperger's Syndrome. In the movie Adam, new actor Hugh Dancy plays the lead character with humor and drama. The story centers around Adam living with Asperger's in "normal" society. Beth (played by actress Rose Byrne) moves in next door to Adam's and falls in love with him. Hugh impressed me with his dramatic skills so much I would not be surprised if he is nominated for a academy award this year.

The Boston Globe wrote an article about a screening of "Adam" in Boston, MA. Dania Jekel from the Asperger's Association of New England said that "Awareness is one of our missions and there's nothing like a movie that does well for awareness." The director of the movie Max Mayer says that his intent was to write a simple love story. Max states that he "wanted to represent (Asperger's) well and he wanted it to be accurate." Hugh Dancy spent time with author John Elder Robinson who wrote the book "Look Me In The Eye" about his experience with Asperger's. The two lead actors were approached after the movie by an attractive man that admitted that he has the disorder and how hard it is in love and in relationships. The man explained how he doesn't even know when a woman is flirting with him. Then, Hugh joked saying the attractive and charming man is the real life Adam.

As a result of seeing this movie I started doing research about Asperger's. I found out that it is a an autism spectrum disorder and people with this disorder have problems in social interaction. The disorder differs between each person but most can't understand innuendoes, sarcasm, and any nonverbal communication. They have impaired nonverbal behaviors in areas such as eye contact, facial expression, posture, and gesture. The lack of demonstrating empathy is another characteristic. I also read how hard it is for people with the disorder in dating and relationships because of their social skills. I think this movie "Adam" has a great love story and a lot of lessons to learn about society, people, and Asperger's.

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This is a Youtube view of the trailer for the movie 'Adam."
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  • 'Adam': a love story with limitations

      Seattle Times
    For much of its first hour, writer/director Max Mayer's "Adam" is one of the year's more endearing love stories...As long as they're taking small steps toward a relationship, the movie is on solid ground. Mayer's script delights in setting up moments...
  • ‘Adam' doesn't come to life beyond illness angle

      Herald Net
    Friday, August 14, 2009 ‘Adam’ doesn’t come to life beyond illness angle Herald Movie Critic It seems to me the acid test for a movie about someone with an illness is, whether the movie’s characters, setting, dialogue, etc., be just as compelling...
  • Review: 'Adam,' well-meaning but boring

      The Mercury News
    The fascinating, unexpected complications that could arise from the relationship never arrive...Adam is built almost entirely of quirks: He's fastidious, obsessive-compulsive, blunt, shy, willing to wear a spacesuit around the house, but, despite...
  • Adam: An Unconvincing Rain Man Romance

      Seattle Weekly
    Writer-director Mayer tries to reduce the improbability quotient by loading Beth up with burdens of her own (including Peter Gallagher , who does "feckless father" in his sleep) that test the authenticity of her values. To his credit, Dancy doesn't...
  • Calgary Herald: Hugh Dancy tackles Asperger's in Adam

      Androscoggin News
    Hugh Dancy did a peculiar thing for an actor who seems uncomfortable in the glare of the spotlight. He announced his engagement to actress Claire Danes last February just before the release of his high-profile studio film Confessions of a Shopaholic.
  • Victoria Times-Colonist, Canada: Asperger's gets its close up

      Uinta County News
    In the new romantic comedy Adam, the lead character struggles to woo his neighbour Beth. When he's with her, Adam talks too much and can't quite make eye contact. And in one scene he asks Beth if she was sexually excited when they first sat together.

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