Parents' Guide to

Adam

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Redemption disability tale has language, suicide references.

Movie R 2020 100 minutes
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Despite being based on a true story, this is a somewhat conventional movie that follows a familiar narrative arc. Adam is burdened with its predictability, as an archetypal redemption tale told countless times before. But it does have a unique element in its depiction of those living with disabilities. They -- including central character Adam -- are flawed, and in some cases, distinctly unlikable, making for more authentic portrayals than seen in some movies.

Much of this comes down to a strong central performance from Paul, who balances a level of empathy from the viewer, while also showing off Adam's less favorable sides, giving us a well-rounded and multi-layered character. But for all the film's good, it can't shake off the feeling of being a TV movie, just lacking a little in its originality, and production value.

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