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About Adam

Director/Writer:Gerard Stembridge
Writer:Stembridge
Miramax Films; R; 98 minutes
Release:5/01
Cast:Stuart Townsend, Kate Hudson, Frances O'Conner

Stuart Townsend plays About Adam's title character. He's a mysterious and seductive Dubliner engaged to Lucy (Kate Hudson). Without her knowing, suave Adam romances each of her sisters, from the bookishly romantic Laura (Frances O'Connor) to married Alice (Charlotte Bradley). Heck, even their straight brother receives a perplexing hormonal surge when Adam's around. About Adam is the opposite of a heavy film. Stuart's compulsive lying is treated so lightly that the film seems to cheer on his deceptions. Morals aside, Adam caters to the fantasies of each character and ostensibly leaves them better off for it.

The movie is constructed around each of the siblings' point of view. This keeps the action lively, and when scenes are replayed from another vantage, the subjective gap between each lover's version of the events is milked for its humorous potential. With the wrong attitude this movie could have been awful; to its credit, About Adam's is decent, low-calorie fare.


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