• PG-13
  • 1h 39m
  • 2009
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Romance can be risky, perplexing and filled with the perils of miscommunication - and that's if you aren't Adam, for whom life itself is this way. In this heartfelt romantic comedy, Hugh Dancy stars as Adam, a handsome but intriguing young man who has all his life led a sheltered existence - until he meets his new neighbor Beth, a beautiful, cosmopolitan young woman who pulls him into the outside world, with funny, touching and entirely unexpected results. Their implausible and enigmatic relationship reveals just how far two people from different realities can stretch in search of an extraordinary connection.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Hugh Dancy's elegant performance as a man with Asperger's Syndrome elevates Adam, an offbeat but touching romantic comedy.
Time Out
Hank Sartin

June 22, 2017
Miami Herald
Rene Rodriguez

Dancy's eye-opening performance reveals he's a bona-fide acting talent, capable of carrying a movi...

March 3, 2019
Houston Chronicle
Amy Biancolli

Sure, it's complicated, but isn't that always true of romance? And doesn't it blow the hinges off...

June 21, 2017
Detroit News
Tom Long

There's no getting around the character's plight as an eternal outsider or the natural sympathy it...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Surprisingly fresh romance upends your assumptions.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, despite the marketing campaign, this romantic film about the unusual but deeply compassionate relationship between a man with a high-functioning form of autism and his new neighbor is more dramatic than comedic. There are frank discussions about sex, since the man's condition means that he always says exactly what he thinks, even about sensitive matters. Also, some characters are perplexed by Adam's autism and sometimes downright hostile.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:July 29, 2009
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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