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When Lucy Owen (Kate Hudson) meets handsome Adam (Stuart Townsend) she thinks she has finally found her perfect man. Even better, he seems to get on well with her close-knit family, and rapidly wins the approval of her two sisters Laura (Frances O'Connor) and Alice (Charlotte Bradley). But when the devlish charmer seduces first Laura, then Alice, and even begins to turn the head of younger brother David (Alan Maher), it seems the family might be getting a little too close-knit for comfort.
Directed by playwright Gerard Stembridge, About Adam is a charmingly funny romantic comedy set against an unusually trendy Dublin backdrop. Adam (Stuart Townsend) is the sweetly bashful young man for whom singing bistro waitress Lucy (Kate Hudson) falls. She introduces him to her family who adore him, she proposes marriage to him from onstage, he accepts. However, in a clever series of flashbacks and alternative narrative perspectives, we see that Adam has shown very different sides of his character and told a very different story about himself in seducing Lucy's bookish sister Laura (Frances O'Connor), her older, unhappily married sister Alice (Charlotte Bradley) and even inducing a deeply embarrassing boyish infatuation in young brother David. Two questions arise; which of these is the "real" Adam? And will he be exposed and punished as a bounder?
The resolution, when it comes, is as pleasingly unpredictable as the film itself, which not only resolutely avoids the usual rustic clichés of skirling soundtracks and verdant scenery usually deployed in Irish films, but, in its deceptively light way, poses some pertinent questions about romance, fidelity and truth, while filling you with a warm glow.
On the DVD: Presented in audio options 5.1 and 2.0. The disc contains various extras, including trailer, interviews with cast and director (in which Gerard Stembridge explains that Adam is "a joke on the New Man") and b-roll footage. However, the interviews are sloppily edited, while the b-roll footage consists of little than various inconsequential outtakes, which look like they've been grabbed randomly from the cutting room floor and sellotaped together. --David Stubbs
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The film's a great laugh with Kate Hudson pulling off one of her best performances yet. Certainly, well worth a watch.
dublin was not full of u.s actors .
total nonsense , as dublin catholicism would not allow scenario .
having said that , i did enjoy it .
About Adam is an intelligently written comedy that guys will probably end up liking more then girls due to that fact that the Stuart Townsend character is such a expert manipulator of women that you can't help but secretly admire his tactics whilst laughing the the seemingly inescapable situations he creates and navigates!
Also thankfully this film doesn't have the usual "make him pay for his crimes against women" ending that seems to be demanded nearly every film of this genre. Hense you don't feel let down in the way that so many 'funny' comedys do due to their inability to form a 'realistic' conclusion rather than a just one.
I found this film insightful and it's old fashioned, stylish weaving of the different perspections of the storyline a refreshing change. Unlike the first reviewer, I find the synthesizing of the percepted natatives pleasing in it's simplicity.
It's a refreshing change to see a softer and more honest appraisal of infidelity in a film. I do wish that the charismatic Adam (Stuart Townsend) had more time to unravel his personal philosophies, though this would have detracted from the magnetism of his mysterious air.
Last point. The women were portrayed as strong and intelegent. They were, for the most part, not duped for long and they were clearly not victims and this is what makes this movie a little gem!
Passes a couple of hours but nothing fantastic.
The story is pretty simple...Lucy,(Hudson), is the youngest daughter of a typical Irish family. She's always flitting from boyfriend to boyfriend getting bored with them all very quickly. That is until she meets shy, sweet and perfect Adam,(Townsend). The story is told from the perspective of all the members of Lucy's family, all of whom fall in love with Adam! (Including her straight brother to a certain degree!!!)
Adam is a typical rogue in disguise and yet he manages to break with rom/com tradition and gets away with it! I was left hoping he would, and yet I should've been wanting his head on a spike for all he does. He's a true womaniser and it's amazing to see how he gets about without getting caught in the act.
I wasn't expecting too much of this film when I sat down to watch it but I was very pleasantly surprised and I will definitely be watching it again at some point not too far off. If you're a fan of typical rom/coms you may be disappointed because as I said earlier, this breaks with traditional rom/com rules and has the bad guy getting it all and getting away with it. I loved it, as did my daughter and I can't recommend it highly enough. It's well worth the watch especially if you're a fan of Townsend. Give it a go is all I can say!
The real problem of the film is not my rather dubious economic analysis of why it couldn't possibly work, although I stand by it. It's that the film just isn't very funny. Stembridge is always a satirist on a mission, but satire is death to a story that wants to be a sweet and irresponsible rom-com. As a result, Stembridge hasn't the delicacy to write or direct this material with the insouciant twinkle it really needs, because he's too keen to make some sort of point or other. So the film drags on, with lots of glossy shots of handsome people in nice restaurants, and you end up hoping that somebody will just, for once, do something or say something genuinely funny, as opposed to 'witty' - but it never happens.
I wouldn't bother.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A comedy about a Young man who enjoys being All things to All women', in this case three sisters, to the benefit of All. The film is a defence of sexual generosity.Published 1 month ago by Helle Dorrit Sorensen
Got bored ... Turned it off .. Which is odd, I love Kate Hudson, maybe I need to give it another goPublished 23 months ago by Tan
Fell asleep to this film, and needed subtitles on as it was in Irish and hard to understand. not as good as Kate Hudson's other films!Published on 15 April 2009 by Amazon Customer
DO NOT EVEN WATCH THIS MOVIE! I was actually extremely offended by this movie. Not only does it portray women as deceitful, but it makes out that they are that gullible and... Read morePublished on 4 July 2006 by S. Jenner-ludbrook