August 7th, 2009


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Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.2/10 (10,766 voted)

Critic's Score: 56/100

Director: Max Mayer

Stars: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher

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.

Hugh Dancy - Adam Raki
Rose Byrne - Beth Buchwald
Peter Gallagher - Marty Buchwald
Amy Irving - Rebecca Buchwald
Frankie Faison - Harlan
Mark Linn-Baker - Sam Klieber
Haviland Morris - Lyra
Adam LeFevre - Mr. Wardlow
Mike Hodge - Judge
Peter O'Hara - Williams
John Rothman - Beranbaum
Terry Walters - Michael
Steffany Huckaby - Carol
Susan Porro - Jen
Maddie Corman - Robin

Taglines: A story about two strangers. One a little stranger than the other...


Official Website: Fox Searchlight [United States] | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 7 August 2009

Filming Locations: California, USA

Opening Weekend: $68,377 (USA) (2 August 2009) (4 Screens)

Gross: $2,277,396 (USA) (15 November 2009)

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Did You Know?

The Chief Executive Officer of Halloran, in the letter regarding Adam's interview, is named Tamar Ganish. The film's production designer is Tamar Gadish.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At one point in the film, Mr. Buchwald calls Beth "Bethany", suggesting that is her full name. However, at the end of the film when Adam opens up Beth's book, it clearly reads, "Written by Elizabeth Buchwald", suggesting her full name is Elizabeth.

[first lines]
Beth Buchwald: My favorite children's book is about a little prince who came to earth.

User Review

Realistic, well-written portrayal of a frequently misunderstood subject

Rating: 7/10

As someone who actually does suffer from Asperger's Syndrome, it is easier for me than it might be for some people to understand and relate to many of the things that Adam says and does. I have been apprehensive in the past about viewing films that deal with this sort of subject, as I have learned that many of them paint stereotypical, unrealistic, and occasionally belittling portraits of people in my place or other similar situations. I was pleasantly surprised upon viewing this, as it really hit home in many ways. I often found myself saying "this reminds me of me" when watching Adam live his life from day to day (though we are very dissimilar in that I would never have a tantrum in front of a girl). Finally, this is quite possibly the most down to earth movie of its kind, as there is nothing that happens in it that cannot or is overly unlikely to happen in real life. Unfortunately, I cannot give it a perfect rating, because as impressive as its portrayal of Asperger's syndrome is, the story itself is weak and uninspiring and not as compelling and heart-wrenching as it ought to be.