I had already read about it on the internet, but given that Nemo is in 1st grade, a movie about a grown up Aspie and his dating adventures wasn’t really on top of my list.
Then Awesome zapped right into it on a Friday night, on Channel Eleven. It had only just started, so of course we watched. Note that they were showing it at primetime, albeit not exactly on a main channel.
(short descriptive on Imdb.com)
“Soon after moving in, Beth, a brainy, beautiful writer damaged from a past relationship encounters Adam, the handsome, but odd, fellow in the downstairs apartment whose awkwardness is perplexing. Beth and Adam’s ultimate connection leads to a tricky relationship that exemplifies something universal: truly reaching another person means bravely stretching into uncomfortable territory and the resulting shake-up can be liberating. “
Weird fact : At the 2009 Sundance Film Festival it won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for “an outstanding feature film focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character“. Who knew that price even existed? Yeah, didn’t think so either.
My thoughts : Would I have seen this movie at the time it came out, I would have watched it as the kind of interesting, quirky and cute movie that usually gets prices at the Sundance festival (Think “Little Miss Sunshine” how gorgeous was that ?) A great change to the Hollywood mainstream that flood our movie theatres and tv screens any other time. But now that I have a son on the spectrum, and I was watching it in a totally different way :
The title character Adam (played quite convincingly by Hugh Dancy) is in his late 20s. He is complicated, talks too much about space, he has ‘childish’ tantrums.. he struggles. But he also knows about his difference and he sometimes stops himself, explains, apologizes to others. His employment situation is probably a more or less realistic view of how things look for all grown-up Asperger’s out there. After his dad dies, he meets his new neighbour Beth (beautiful Aussie actress Mary Rose Byrne), and suddenly, he has to adapt to a lot of challenging changes.
It’s a quirky movie, alright. Sometimes, it’s funny. Sometimes it’s a bit scary. I won’t say anything for those who haven’t seen it, but I did like the end of it. It was good. Keeping it real.
On my new personal rating scale, I recommend this film:
4 stars out of 5 for DIFFERENCE (worth watching for anyone)
and 5 stars out of 5 for PARENTS of children on the spectrum (must see)
Have you seen the movie ? Did you like it like I did ? Comments ? Recommendations ?