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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Surprisingly fresh romance upends your assumptions.

Movie PG-13 2009 99 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Not what the trailer advertised

It was a cute movie, disappointing ending. I think Rose's character let others decide for her more than following her heart.
age 14+
Adam is a beautiful movie, wonderfully made! I love this movie because it doesn't take it too far and the characters seem so real. Please, view it!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (5):

There are so many ways that ADAM could have taken a wrong turn, but thankfully it doesn't. Gracefully told and beautifully filmed, it steers clear of potholes that wreck most other movies about "conditions." First, there's Dancy, whose turn as Adam is spot on -- no overacting here. He's both tortured and content and always compelling. And Byrne is definitely his equal. When she falls in love, it's believable, even given the daunting setup.

Director Max Mayer understands the importance of being earnest; instead of lacing the entire enterprise with breezy romcom energy, he goes for truthfulness. Though the approach may have taken the wind out of Adam's sails just a bit -- it's more serious than typical date-night fare and perhaps a bit melodramatic on rare occasions -- it leaves the film interesting. And that's more than anyone else can say about romance movies of late.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 29, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: February 2, 2010
  • Cast: Amy Irving, Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne
  • Director: Max Mayer
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 99 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: thematic material, sexual content and language.
  • Last updated: April 5, 2023

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