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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Romance, 25 Oct 2009
This review is from: Adam [DVD] (2009) (DVD)
This is the sort of romantic comedy which has reviewers looking up the thesaurus for synonyms of gentle and whimsical. However these are the perfect words to describe the film.

Adam has Asperger's syndrome and the film is essentially the story of his relationship with a neighbour Beth. I can't say, as I simply do not have the experience, whether this is an accurate portrayal of the condition. All I can say is that Hugh Dancy plays the part very well. The character generally comes across as charming, if a bit odd, rather than the space ball type portrayed by Hoffmann in Rain Man.

The gap between Adam's way of looking at the world and Beth's provides quite a lot of gentle humour, without this being a hugely hilarious film.

This is not a masterpiece, nor unlike similar movies does it have any such pretensions. It is simply quite a pleasant little film that entertains without leaving a profound effect on the viewer.
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Initial post: 26 Feb 2010 13:20:44 GMT
H. Child says:
Hoffman portrayed an autistic man, which is different. People with Asperger's are on the autistic spectrum, but it's a different condition.

Posted on 25 Mar 2010 21:56:31 GMT
Dan says:
You have every right to bring up Rain Man as it put autistic traits on the map.

As for accuracy it is difficult to say. Asperger's can be very well hidden by some adults. The traits can also be listed and regurgitated without any understanding of how they fit or emerge. Personally I would say that whilst the character has no Oscar winning accuracy, a surprising amount of care has been taken for a mild romance.
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