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"My favorite children's book is about a little prince who came to Earth from a distant asteroid. He meets a pilot whose plane has crashed in the desert. The little prince teaches the pilot many things, but mainly about love. My father always told me I was like the little prince, but, after I met Adam, I realised I was the pilot all along."
Beth Buchwald

Adam is a 2009 romantic dramedy.

Adam Raki (Hugh Dancy) is a twenty nine year old man with Asperger Syndrome living alone in Manhattan after his father's death. He has difficulties communicating with others, the only real friend he has is his father's old best friend war buddy Harlan who is the only one who knows exactly how to deal with him. Adam works as an electronic engineer at a toy company, and spends his free time indulging his love of space exploration. Beth Buchwald (Rose Byrne), a school teacher and aspiring children's author, moves into the apartment above his. They meet doing laundry and from there they tentatively begin to form an awkward friendship- that leads to something more. During the movie Beth has to deal with her father being indicted, facing a jail sentence, and revealing a confronting secret which throws their relationship into turmoil; Adam has to deal with being fired, finding a new job and making his relationship with Beth work.


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  • Foregone Conclusion: Zig-Zagged. Beth is told early on that people with Asperger's are bad romance material, but ultimately strikes up a relationship with Adam. Then they break up, then she has second thoughts and then finally they break up again.
  • Joisey: "I don't understand people from New Jersey." (girl at the baby shower)
  • Literal-Minded: Adam, thanks to his Asperger's.
  • Magical Negro: Adam's family's old driver seems to have nothing better to do than give him advice, and look bemused, of course.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Adam and Beth each have elements of this toward each other. They both have some sort of dark past (Adam's dad dying and Beth's ex-boyfriend). On top of that, Adam learns a lot more about how "normal" people work, and Beth gets to learn about Aspergers.
  • Scenery Porn: Some of the closing shots of Flintridge, California. The snow in central park also counts.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Adam, when he gets onto the topic of astronomy.
  • Shout-Out: "I'm not Forrest Gump, you know."
  • Shown Their Work: Even though it's far from "100% accurate" (Aspergers differs greatly from case-to-case anyway), it's clear that a good deal of effort by the filmmakers and actors has been put in to depict someone living with Asperger's Syndrome in a fair light.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Even though the movie is about a guy with Asperger's Syndrome, the subplot about Beth's father and the court case sure takes up a lot of time.
  • Super OCD: Adam has a very strict routine... and diet.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Beth narrates.
  • Too Dumb to Live Adam doesn't even try to explain himself while waiting for Beth outside the school where she works, resulting in the police assuming that he's a pedophile and holding him at gunpoint. Sure, Aspies sometimes have difficulty expressing themselves, but again. He doesn't even try.