Today I’m home from work (due to the extreme cold weather) and watching movies with Mom. I introduced her to the film Adam; it was my third viewing, but the the first time I actually sat and watched the screen the whole time instead of sewing or working on digital photos.
I’m not going to write a thorough review – I’m sure you can find great in-depth reviews elsewhere. But I do recommend this film! “The problem is, I think he’s adorable” – Mom, who married an Aspie. “I know, me too!” – me, who has dated Aspies. We both agreed that Hugh Dancy does a wonderful job of realistically playing someone on the spectrum. He and the filmmakers successfully portray many facets of life with Asperger’s, such as: routines, trouble with finding/keeping jobs, the benefit of a mentor, special interests, not recognizing social cues or having a “filter” in conversation, “mind blindness,” intolerance of lying, wanting to do or say the right thing but having to ask what that is, sensory overload, and meltdowns. His co-star, Rose Byrne, really captures what it’s like to be intrigued and charmed by an interesting and sweet Aspie like Adam. The film strikes a delicate balance between being about love and being about Asperger’s, and I think it does it well. Perhaps best of all it is realistic about the complexities of such a relationship.