Adam is a surprising tale of love and perseverance. Adam Raki (Hugh Dancy) is perplexed and has communication troubles. Feeling different and out of place he has sheltered himself for years, that is until his father pass’ away and he is forced to join the mainstream. Duties like grocery shopping, doing the laundry and riding the subway are foreign to Adam. Until he meets his new neighbor, Beth Buchwald (Rose Byrne), a beautiful, cosmopolitan young woman who pulls him into the outside world. The unlikely pairing proves just how far two people are willing to stretch in search of an extraordinary connection.
The connection does not come easy as Adam has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and sometimes does not have a filter and can’t quite understand the dimensions of a true relationship. Beth heeds all warnings and continues her friendship with Adam that leads to a romantic relationship. As with any romance there are many trials and tribulations. Given they are not the same in every relationship; they definitely will test the love the two share.
Adam is a heartfelt intriguing tale, an insightful one too. Writer Max Mayer deals with the touchy subject beautifully, and Hugh Dancy proves to be a noteworthy star with his performance. Rose Byrne as the torn lover paralleled with mixed emotions was enjoyable to watch. The chemistry between Byrne and Dancy as these two lost souls looking to each other was undeniable. Towards the end the film seemed to drag a bit, and at first I was disappointed by the ending. Giving it much thought following I changed that opinion. I don’t look at this film as a love story, but rather as an inspirational tale about Adam, a story about his disease and his ability to grow as a person. Proving that all of us deserve love and that if we are strong enough we can all pick up and search for it. This New York love story proves love does not stand for one specific thing, loving is much more meaningful. You’ll see what I mean.