Every year, there are good and bad movies, and every year there are box office hits and box office failures. And every year, there are a couple movies that never were given a chance despite being really, really good. Adam is one of those movies.
A romantic comedy-drama, Adam stars Hugh Dancy as the title character, a good looking and an incredibly smart young man who has Asperger's Syndrome. Needless to say, with the inability to understand what other people are feeling, he's not an expert at relationships. But one day, he puts himself on the line to flirt with his new next-door neighbor Beth (Rose Byrne) - and things take off from there.
A feel-good romantic film that also feels refreshingly fresh, Adam is one of the best movies of 2009 and one of the best romantic films of the decade. At times funny and at other times dramatic, Adam features an incredible screenplay by writer/director Max Mayer, a touching story and some great performances.
Dancy is superb, delivering a perfectly subtle performance as a man who pushes the restraints of his condition. Just like the movie, he at times is funny and other times intensely serious. Byrne has a simpler role but delivers a fine counterbalance to her on-screen boyfriend. He and Byrne have great chemistry together, too.
People should take note of 2009: this was the year of the romantic comedy. With the likes of Away We Go and (500) Days of Summer, the year delivered some amazingly fresh romantic films. I'd be hard pressed to say Adam is better than either of those movies, but it is in the same league: enjoyable, fresh and extremely satisfying.
Adam is easily one of the best movies of 2009 and a great addition to the romantic comedy genre.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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