Reviewed by: Patty Moliterno
Romance, Comedy, Drama
1 hr. 39 min.
Year of Release:
July 29, 2009
DVD: January 5, 2010
Should I save sex for marriage? Answer
How far is too far? What are the guidelines for dating relationships? Answer
What does the Bible say about same sex marriages? Answer
GAY—What’s wrong with being gay? Answer
What about gays needs to change? Answer
Suffering with handicaps
Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer
What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer
Does God feel our pain? Answer
Did God make the world the way it is now? What kind of world would you create? Answer
ORIGIN OF BAD—How did bad things come about? Answer
About the first Adam
What was Adam, the first man, really like? Answer
“A story about two strangers. One a little stranger than the other…”
“Adam” begins with Adam Raki (played by Hugh Dancy) burying his father. He is a 29 year old man with Asperger Syndrome. Adam now lives alone and works as an engineer, but his life is a series of patterns, organization and routine. Besides work and his routine, the only other thing that Adam cares about is astronomy. Adam has a hard time understanding slang, jokes and sarcasm.
Beth (Rose Byrne) Buchwald moves into his apartment building and is charmed by her cute neighbor, but when she struggles to pull her grocery cart up the stairs as Adam sits by, she notices something is a little off. As the movie develops, Beth realizes more and more there is something quirky about Adam, until finally Adam tells her he has Asperger’s.
As Beth and Adam develop a friendship, she tries to help Adam overcome socially awkward situations and to break out of his routine. Meanwhile, Beth is dealing with the fear of her father, Marty (Peter Gallagher), going to jail for some shady business dealings. Beth has idolized her father and now must come to terms with him not being the man she thought.
Several curse words are used, and the f-word is used twice. Both Jesus and God’s names are taken in vain.
Shortly after Adam and Beth meet, he takes her to the park to see raccoons. Afterward, he ask her if she was excited sexually. Although there was no nudity, there is one scene where Beth takes Adam’s hand and places it on her breast. They have sex, but it is not shown. Another time, Beth is seen in bed with a négligée.
Beth takes Adam to a party with her friends. Two female friends have adopted a baby together and they are shown holding hands. There is also a quick discussion about Islam. Alcohol is consumed in several scenes, and in one scene Beth is clearly over-intoxicated.
Adam “freaks” out and is shown throwing things. In another scene, he intentionally bangs his head into a mirror.
Although, this movie portrays an adult man with Asperger’s and the people he encounters, I felt it portrayed a society without God. Beth was selfish, spoiled and use to getting whatever she wanted. When she begins a relationship with Adam, she never thinks of the consequences of her actions, which is typical of most relationships devoid of God. Beth talks to her Dad (who is selfish himself), a teacher at school, her mom, and some friends about her relationship with Adam. She never consults God, the Bible, or a spiritual adviser before moving forward.
“Adam” made me think, and I would recommend seeing it. Although, I felt it was well-written and well-directed, it made me sad. Who doesn’t know someone like Adam? Can the Adams in the world know happiness and have normal relationships? Can the people who have children or spouses like Adam ever hope for normalcy?
Violence: Mild / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Mild