Media Maven: "Adam" and "Informant" Movie Reviews

Media Maven: "Adam" and "Informant" Movie Reviews
After a short hiatus, our media maven is back with two new movie reviews. Discover whether these films are worth the money or not worth your time.


Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Frankie Faison, Mark Linn-Baker

"Adam" is a movie worth seeing if you are in the mood for a story that is touching and life-affirming. It is the story of an adult named Adam Raki (Hugh Dancy) who is a high-functioning man with Asperger Syndrome. This syndrome is a condition that falls somewhere on the Autism spectrum and usually is diagnosed during childhood and continues through adulthood.

This story begins with a voiceover from the story’s narrator, Beth Buchwald (Rose Byrne). Beth is a single young woman who has just moved into Adam’s apartment building. Adam is a man who is self-sufficient. The audience meets Adam at his father’s gravesite.

Adam and Beth are at the heart of this film. Beth is an aspiring children's writer who is a teacher at a local school. Adam has a job and is becoming comfortable with his new found independence after the recent passing of his father. Adam and Beth become involved in a relationship that is challenging and heartbreaking as viewers see the dynamics that affect the lives of people touched by Asperger.

This is an interesting film told with such honesty and earnest that its ending made me hopeful for love.

Chic Stars: * * *

"The Informant"

Matt Damon, Eddie Jemison, Rusty Schwimmer, Melanie Lysnskey, Thomas F. Wilson, Scott Bakula Ann Dowd, Joel McHale

"The Informant" was a convoluted film with a convoluted storyline telling the true life story of a delusional man who managed to uncover price fixing within his own company. Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) received his doctorate from Cornell and is a nutritional biochemist who assisted the FBI in uncovering a multimillion-dollar price scam in America.

Despite the premise, this movie was dull! The metamorphosis of Matt Damon to an everyday nerd with a bad haircut, mustache and a tiny nose did seem amazing, but even adding 40 pounds to his movie-star physique did not make me like Damon as Mark.

The film had many other problems that just didn't gel. Mark has an ongoing dialogue in his head that viewers are privy to. It's a waste of time because it doesn't help the audience relate to the character. It serves to bore viewers further into oblivion. It makes checking the time on our cell phones, in the dark, an art form.

Kitschy '60s music playing often throughout the film was annoying, particularly since the film was happening in the '90s. The film meandered between so many overlapping mishaps that I found it difficult to hang in there for its conclusion. Anytime I am looking at my watch during a film is not a good sign.

Chic Stars: * *

Chic Stars: ** Jan's Movie Rating System:

***** - Top-notch entertainment
**** - Compelling, heartwarming, thrilling, comical
*** - The a) story b) actors c) special effects saved/made this movie.
** - If you are bored, watch it, or wait for DVD
* - Don't bother. Too morose, too violent, too blase, an enigma.

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