I’ve loved Hugh Dancy since he was the dorky guy in The Jane Austin Book Club. I can’t help but think of him as an up-and-coming Colin Firth. The moment I saw a poster for the movie Adam at a movie theater I couldn’t wait to see it.

The Basics: Adam has Aspergers, which means he has trouble functioning in society in the way most people can. He has a job that his father got for him and an apartment his father helps pay for. He lives on his own but survives by the help of others. He then meets Beth (Rose Byrne) from his apartment building who finds him endearing and wants to help him deal with the world around him.

The Good: Dancy was just wonderful, from what I can tell he got Aspergers down well but then I’m no expert. There were several awkward scenes, which is important to get across how socially awkward the character feels but he’s still so sweet and charming it kind of works for him.

The Bad: I thought Byrne was good but not nearly as great as Dancy. The story itself was more of a romance than maybe it was initially intended but since I love romances it worked fine for me. This, however, doesn’t entirely tie up as nicely as the generic romantic film, which I believe is a good thing.

Rating: ★★★★☆


  1. Grant

    January 11, 2010 at 11:41 am

    When are you going to cover The Hurt Locker?

    1. Robin

      January 11, 2010 at 11:44 am

      @Grant, Well I don’t go to the movies often, can’t afford it but it’s on my Netflix.

  2. Rachel

    January 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Can’t wait to see this. My cousin has Aspergers and I’m always curious to see how that is portrayed in fictional accounts. Plus – an up and coming Colin Firth ain’t bad! My favorite book of all time is Pride and Prejudice and I’ve loved Colin Firth since he perfectly portrayed Darcy in the BBC’s P&P (and then in Bridget Jones).

  3. submom

    January 12, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I didn’t even know about this movie. So glad I saw your review. I know I will LOVE it.

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