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Quirky romantic comedy starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne. Adam (Dancy) is a man with Asperger's Syndrome who continues to go through the motions of his supremely ordered lifestyle following the recent death of his father. When beautiful young writer Beth (Byrne) moves into his building, Adam's obsessive nature leads him to become infatuated with her. Beth, still reeling from a recent break-up, responds tentatively to Adam's endearingly awkward advances - but can there be any real future to their relationship?
Adam is not a typical romantic comedy. The death of his father leaves Adam (Hugh Dancy, Confessions of a Shopaholic) living alone in the apartment they shared. When a friendly young woman named Beth (Rose Byrne, Damages) moves into the building, Adam doesn't know how to express his attraction--he has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism that prevents common human empathy. So he invites her into his apartment to experience his homemade planetarium and takes her to the park in the middle of the night to look at raccoons. Despite herself, Beth is intrigued. At first she's baffled by Adam, but when she learns the source of his awkwardness, she starts to appreciate Adam's honesty and lack of guile--particularly as family secrets start to emerge when her father (Peter Gallagher, The O.C.) is indicted for financial misdoings. Just as the nature of Asperger's Syndrome lifts Adam from the ranks of conventional romance, the committed and thoughtful performances by Dancy and Byrne keep Adam from being a disease-of-the-week movie or yet another ""mental handicap"" flick. The movie treats the problems of such a romance honestly, but also sees a kind of hope in the way these two grapple with their difficulties. Also featuring Amy Irving (Bossa Nova, Carrie). --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.comSee all Product description
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The casting is fantastic, Hugh Dancy, besides turning in a truly amazing performance as an actor, is drop dead gorgeous and terribly endearing as Adam, portraying him as the kind of vulnerable young man you'd immediately want to date (or adopt), Rose Byrne is excellent as Beth. Both are making their characters very real and easy to relate to. The supporting cast is well chosen with Frankie Faison as Adam's friend and confidente Harlan, and Peter Gallagher and Amy Irwing as Beth's parents. Also making an appearance as Adam's boss is Mark Linn-Baker, whom many may remember as Peter O'Toole's young minder in My Favorite Year. Great acting all round.
This is an intelligent and thought provoking film which thankfully it resists the temptation to become either preachy and wholesome or to come up with some miraculous "cure", but remains, instead, grounded in reality. Lovely film, highly recommended.
The cover art of the DVD I received is different from that shown in the product photo. However, run time and language options are as advertised. In addition to the advertised subtitle options there are also English subtitles for the hard of hearing.
Extra features included on the DVD I received:
- Audio Commentary
- Alternative Ending
- Deleted Scenes
- Creating Adam featurette
When I say lifechanging, I mean it and not in the cheesy sense. This helped me gain the strength to go to university. It has also helped 'neurotypicals' empathise with autistics and lets them understand their day to day toil. It is great an effective in portraying autism in a sensitive and accurate way.
The acting is incredibly strong. Hugh Dancy shines, making many people ask me if he really is autistic! I don't know about that, but I've seen him in other roles and know how he can be the complete opposite in films.
Boy meets girl has been done before, but when you add autism it becomes something more. This becomes a realistic exploration in forming friendships with someone who doesn't quite understand what it all means for him.
After saying all this the film is very light hearted and enjoyable and I would recommend this to all especially those envolved with someone with Aspergers and those who like a love story.
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