Saturday 6th December 2014

Director: Max Mayer
Year: 2009
Stars: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Frankie Faison

I recorded this when I saw it was showing on TV, not really knowing much about it. It sounded interesting though - a movie about a man with Asperger's Syndrome who develops a relationship with one of his neighbours.

I can't really tell you what the problem with this movie is - on paper, it sounds good. There's nothing wrong with the script, and there's nothing wrong with the acting. The problem was just that I felt no emotional engagement at all - and I can't really tell you why. It just wasn't there.

Adam begins with Adam's father dying (that shouldn't ruin the plot for you - it's barely mentioned later in the movie, although of course it does affect everything about Adam significantly, if subtly). I commented at the time that a movie about Adam's relationship with his father would have been more interesting, but as my husband rightly pointed out, his father can't escape in the way other people can. So the dynamic changes, perhaps to something less interesting. Although in many ways maybe this is about Adam's relationship with his father. But it still didn't engage me emotionally enough to care...

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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I live in Bristol with my husband Dan (who I married in July 2007), my son Joe (born 2012) and daughter Jess (born 2015). I work at UWE (the University of the West of England) in Bristol as a Research and Open Access Librarian. I'm orginally from Exeter, so moving back to Bristol is a bit like coming home - especially as I studied for my undergraduate degree here (also at UWE). I love travelling and movies, although I get to do a lot less of both since the birth of our children. Although we have still managed to fit in holidays to the Isles of Scilly, Chamonix and a summer in California since Joe was born.