Soon after moving in, Beth, a brainy, beautiful writer damaged from a past relationship encounters Adam, the handsome, but odd, fellow in the downstairs apartment whose awkwardness is perplexing. Beth and Adam’s ultimate connection leads to a tricky relationship that exemplifies something universal: truly reaching another person means bravely stretching into uncomfortable territory and the resulting shake-up can be liberating.
Fox Searchlight Pictures
User Reviews: The chances of you seeing this movie on the big screen are close to zilch since it’s had such a limited cinematic release, so be sure to catch it on television or DVD because it is a rom-com with a special edge.
Although the couple are young Americans in New York City, it is the British Hugh Dancy who gives an excellent performance as the eponymous IT professional and amateur stargazer who suffers badly from Asperger’s Syndrome, while it is the Australian actress Rose Byrne who is delightful as the young woman willing to make the effort to understand him.
The treatment of AS is handled sensitively, but not without humour, and the ending avoids the temptation to be trite. A real accomplishment then for the American Max Meyer who both wrote and directed and whose previous writing and directing has been almost entirely for the theatre