Max Mayer/USA/2009/101 mins
This is a fine example of strong actors struggling against a mediocre script. Rather than bothering to explore the complexities of a budding relatiohnship with someone who has Aspergers’ Syndrome, Adam quickly retreats down the road of the self-consciously quirky romcom and fervently embraces the genre’s insipidity.
The film is populated with stock characters and even Adam himself is just Edward Scissorhands with tidy hair. Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne do their best to flesh out their underdeveloped roles, but even they cannot make up for the cop-out ending which contradicts nearly everything we are told about Aspergers’ throughout the rest of the film. If it was an attempt at being bittersweet, perhaps I simply couldn’t taste it after an hour and a half of saccharin.
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