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About Adam [2001] [DVD]

3.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Stuart Townsend, Kate Hudson, Tommy Tiernan, Frances O'Connor, Stewart Roche
  • Directors: Gerard Stembridge
  • Writers: Tommy Tiernan, Gerard Stembridge
  • Producers: Anna J. Devlin, David Aukin, David M. Thompson, Harvey Weinstein, Marina Hughes
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NCZ6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,142 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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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When you first look at the poster for this film you think "chick flick".... no way, really it's all about Adam and three sisters with all the romantic problems that can lead to. Well worth a watch no matter if your a woman or man.
The film's a great laugh with Kate Hudson pulling off one of her best performances yet. Certainly, well worth a watch.
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entertaining bit of fluff . would have gained extra star , if setting in
dublin was not full of u.s actors .
total nonsense , as dublin catholicism would not allow scenario .
having said that , i did enjoy it .
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I agree ..about this not being a chick flick despite how it looks on the surface.
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.
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What a gem! Thoroughly recommend it!
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!
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I was disappointed with About Adam, in the film everybody loved Adam but I just found him a little bit too smarmy. Fair enough every one of the sisters got pretty much what they wanted from Adam but I didnt like how he got away with it and I thought the ending was a bit of a let down. In addition Kate Hudson's Irish accent was a little bit more than I could take!
Passes a couple of hours but nothing fantastic.
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I watched this the other night and am still smiling now. My daughter and I sat glued to it and it had laughs in all the right places. Kate Hudsons' accent was pretty good, not perfect but then neither is mine! Frances O'Connor was fantastic as the slightly dotty sister who always has her nose in a book. But the most oustanding performance has got to be from Stuart Townsend. He was brilliant from start to finish and had us in stitches.

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!
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For the money here on Amazon I'd say it's worth getting if you're into this kind of film. A bit of a simple plot with lots of details missing, but cleverly done and intriguing to watch. If you have a few hours where you need some lighthearted entertainment with female company then you could do a lot worse.
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There's something unbearably smug about 'About Adam' that makes it almost impossible to enjoy. It was conceived and shot at the height of the so-called 'Celtic Tiger', an economic boom that brought a measure of conspicuous affluence to a lot of Irish people, and the weird thing is that its writer and director Gerard Stembridge, who normally has a beady eye for the mores of contemporary Irish society, should have been apparently seduced by the Tiger's influence into thinking he could write something like a Richard Curtis movie, whereas in fact the ease and confidence of Curtis is completely beyond an Irish filmmaker; the only people in Ireland who have enough money to be as economically secure as Curtis's characters (I'm thinking most of the people in Four Weddings, to give you an idea) are too boring, conservative and complacent to be dramatically interesting. This is why 'About Adam' doesn't quite ring true. There are sexy Irishmen as pansexually relaxed as Adam, but they don't move in these circles. Irish women don't look like Kate Hudson and Frances O'Connor (although they have charms of their own).

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.
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