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About Adam

About Adam

There's more to About Adam than meets the eye as it seems initially to be a sweet tale of love cantering around Dublin singing waitress Lucy Owens (Kate Hudson of Almost Famous).  The flirting Lucy has just broken up with a comedian boyfriend and soon is enamored with an engaging customer, Stuart Townsend's Adam.  Here's a case of love at first sight and it doesn't take long for Lucy to propose to him from the stage of her bistro.

About Adam builds slowly, how he charms the Owens family and the events leading up to Lucy's affirmation of love for Adam come through her siblings points of view.  As in the colorful, but languishing One Night at McCool's, we see the "Rashomon" storyline again in the manner of romantic comedy.

It's interesting to listen to family members who gather talk about Adam's cool car, a Jaguar, and About Adam doesn't take a sardonic approach with its elements of mistrust and betrayal.  How the titular character can find what each family member desires and how they act on it unfurls capriciously in an ironic, pleasant way.

Laura, Lucy's sister, played with depth by Frances O'Connor (Mansfield Park), is a graduate student who wants a man who appreciates her love of poetry.  Charlotte Bradley's Alice is another sister in a stagnant marriage and brother David (Alan Maher) is sexually frustrated by his girlfriend who cherishes her virginity.

There is an emotional pull even through the varying ways Adam is with each of the Owens clan though the "Rashomon" structure often mutes the effect of the retold love stories.  Townsend shows us something new about a guy who makes everyone happier even though it's hard to see his motivation and it's unclear what really makes him tick.  Still, the viewer can't help but find
Adam an engaging presence as he becomes a scoundrel while knowing what the family wants and needs.

Many feel About Adam is being given an early summer release on the basis of Kate Hudson's Oscar supporting nod even though her turn is less prominent, but subtly beguiling especially when Lucy vocalizes off of the amorous tales which entail deception.  O'Connor brings much heart and passion to a bookworm who can't suppress her desires anymore and Rosaleen Linehan is entertaining as Lucy's piquant mother who doesn't have quite the same relationship with him as nearly everyone else.

Stembridge, for the longest time, keeps one wondering if Lucy will learn about her fiancee's true nature or if his secret will remain oblivious to the smitten singer.  About Adam might cause one to consider why they feel the need to not be themselves in order to please someone else.

In going for the similar conclusions of other popular romantic comedies like Four Weddings and a Funeral, About Adam doesn't have the touch in the end.  Maybe some edgy texture would have made this unusually sunny Dublin opus more moving even if we never know much about Adam.

 
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