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"ABOUT ADAM"
(2001) (Kate Hudson, Stuart Townsend) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy Minor Heavy None None
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None None None Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Extreme Mild Mild Mild None


QUICK TAKE:
Romantic Comedy: A young woman falls for a young man who charms her and her family in ways none of them could have imagined.
PLOT:
Lucy Owens (KATE HUDSON) is a beautiful singer/waitress at a hip Dublin café who's had many boyfriends, such as her most recent, Simon (TOMMY TIERNAN), but has never experienced true love. That all changes when she meets Adam (STUART TOWNSEND), a charming young man who's happened into the café, and it seems to be love at first site for both of them.

The two quickly fall for each other and Lucy thinks she's in love for the first time. Things get even better when Adam's charming personality wins over not only Lucy's widowed mother, Peggy (ROSALEEN LINEHAN), but also Laura (FRANCES O'CONNOR), her bookworm sister; Alice (CHARLOTTE BRADLEY), her older sister who's a new parent along with husband Martin (BRENDAN DEMPSEY); and even their lone brother, David (ALAN MAHER), who hopes he can learn something from Adam about getting his own girlfriend, Karen (CATHLEEN BRADLEY), into bed.

Unbeknownst to Lucy, however, is a secret about Adam that soon involves most everyone in the family in amorous ways not one of them could predict, thus casting a potential shadow over their suddenly announced, pending wedding.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Some teens might be drawn to it, as might fans of Kate Hudson ("Almost Famous"), but it doesn't seem likely that this will generate much buzz of being a "must see" film among kids.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language and sexuality.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • KATE HUDSON plays a café waitress and singer who's known as a love 'em and leave 'em type of woman. That is, until she meets and falls head over heels for Adam. She sleeps with him (as well as an old boyfriend) and uses strong profanity.
  • FRANCES O'CONNOR plays her bookworm sister who becomes attracted to Adam and eventually has sex with him.
  • CHARLOTTE BRADLEY plays their older sister who also eventually has sex with Adam and uses strong profanity.
  • STUART TOWNSEND plays Lucy's seemingly charming and innocent boyfriend/fiancée who sleeps with her, but then also concurrently does the same with Laura, Alice and Karen. He also smokes and uses strong profanity.
  • ALAN MAHER plays the sisters' brother who worries that he may be attracted to Adam after asking for help in getting his girlfriend to sleep with him. He also uses some strong profanity.
  • BRENDAN DEMPSEY plays Alice's husband who's drunk in one scene.
  • TOMMY TIERNAN plays one of Lucy's former boyfriends with whom she has a fling. He also uses strong profanity.
  • ROSALEEN LINEHAN plays the sisters' widowed mother.
  • CATHLEEN BRADLEY plays David's girlfriend who also ends up sleeping with Adam.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a quick summary of the content found in this R-rated comedy. Profanity is rated as extreme due to the use of at least 16 "f" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also used. Various instances of sexually related dialogue - some of it explicit - are also present.

    Various sexual encounters are seen (with movement, related sounds and some brief nudity) or suggested/implied, with most related to one man who separately beds three sisters (thus resulting in some bad attitudes since he's dating just one of them). Some brief homosexual-related humor is also present, while several characters smoke and/or drink (with some noted as being drunk).

    If the above summary doesn't provide enough detailed information to address any concerns you may have about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, we suggest that you more closely examine our content listings for specific examples of what's present and occurs in the film.

    For those concerned with bright, full screen flashes of light, a few moments of that occur during a thunderstorm.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Lucy and Laura have beer in a pub.
  • Various people drink in a café, where Lucy orders some red wine for Adam.
  • Various people drink wine and beer at a party, including Lucy, Peggy and Adam who have wine. We also hear that Martin used to be a drunk.
  • People drink in a comedy club.
  • Various people drink in the café where Lucy works.
  • Laura has a drink with Alice (who may or may not be drinking something alcoholic). We later see this scene again.
  • As David asks Adam about sex (with women) in the men's room, Adam tells him that he (David) is too drunk to be discussing that.
  • People have drinks.
  • Adam shows up at David's place with wine for the two of them and Karen, with the plan on getting her a bit drunk so that they can set into motion a plan where David will finally get to bed her. David mentions that he tried that before (getting her drunk), but that it didn't work.
  • Alice, Martin and others have wine.
  • Various people have wine, including Adam (in a different perspective of another scene), and we later see that Martin is drunk and passes out.
  • Alice has wine.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • We hear Adam and David urinating as we see them standing in a men's room.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • We eventually realize that Adam lies about the origins of his car and then learn that he's having an affair with Laura and Alice while seeing and then being engaged to Lucy (thus they have bad attitudes as well).
  • Adam comes up with a plan that will allow David to finally have sex for the first time with Karen (but it ends up also involving him having sex with her first - but it's not a threesome situation).
  • Lucy tells her sisters that she slept with Simon after running into him, but they convince her not to tell Adam.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • None.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • None.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Due to the occasionally hard to understand Irish accents, there could be more than what's listed here: Phrases: "I'm a total f*cker," "F*ck off," "For f*ck's sake, "F*cked up," "What the f*ck do you think you're doing?" "Bullsh*t," "Shut up," "Fags" (cigarettes), "Hard on" (sexual), "Bitch," "You bastard," "Who the hell are you?" and "Piss offs."
  • Adam and David hatch a plan hoping to get Karen a bit drunk and then have Adam have car problems so that he'll have to stay on David's sofa, thus forcing Karen to sleep with David in the same bed.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • Due to the occasionally hard to understand Irish accents, there could be more than what's listed here: At least 16 "f" words, 6 "s" words, 5 slang terms for sex ("banging," "score," "screwing" and "shag"), 1 slang term using male genitals ("pr*ck"), 1 ass, 1 damn, 1 hell, 14 uses of "Oh God," 13 of "Jesus," 9 of "Oh my God," 4 each of "For God's sakes" and "God," 3 of "Oh Jesus," 2 of "Jesus Christ" and 1 use of "For Jesus' sakes" as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • David mentions that the girl he's seeing, Karen, is a virgin, and Lucy mentions something about some comment being a definition of safe sex that she's never heard before. David then figures that she and Adam have had sex, but she says that they haven't and that Adam didn't even come on to her, although she wouldn't have minded if he did.
  • Later, and while talking with Alice, Lucy mentions that it's a nice change to have a guy (Adam) not pressuring her to have sex.
  • Adam then talks to Lucy about the first time they'll make love, telling her that he's going to leave it all up to her, including when and where, saying that he wants it to be exactly how she'd like it to be. He then asks if that's okay, and we hear her think, "Right here in the car."
  • We then see the two of them in bed with him on top of her (and briefly see her bare breast) and they then roll around under the covers (with her briefly on top of him). We later see them asleep together under the covers.
  • After Lucy tells her apparently gay hairdresser about how perfect Adam is, the man tells her to send him his way.
  • We see Adam and Lucy in bed together again, but they're just sleeping (suggesting earlier sex or fooling around).
  • A friend of Laura's goes on about how vampires are all about sex (and mentions the blood and semen), but that Dracula cannot become a feminist sexual fantasy.
  • Adam tells Laura that he imagined her the other night while he was with Lucy (possible referring to sex). The two of them then passionately kiss and it's implied that they have sex as we see her the next morning all happy in his bed.
  • We then see them in bed again with him partially on top of her (under the covers) as she reads to him. We then see them passionately kissing.
  • Laura and Adam have sex again under the covers with movement and related sounds. She then gets on top of him and there's more movement and related sounds. He's then back on top of her (and we see her pleasured facial expression along with his bare back and chest -she's still in her slip) until they climax. During all of that, she talks about Victorian women and sex.
  • We see an onscreen title representing the story's chapter about David that says he can't believe he's getting a "hard on" (erection) for Adam.
  • We see Lucy in her bra.
  • Someone mentions that Lucy and Adam have been "banging like cats" (or something like that).
  • David asks Adam about sex, with Adam figuring out that Karen won't give David "the goods."
  • David and Adam talk once more about Karen not wanting to have sex, with David mentioning that he's so "f*cking horny" for her. Adam then asks if she's "banging" someone else and David says that she isn't. Adam then thinks he's figured her out and states that she's pretending that she wants the right to choose when, where and how she and David have sex. He then adds that she wants to be taken and doesn't want to be asked since it means she'll have to say yes, and that she really wants no choice. David then asks if he should jump her, but Adam says no, that he needs to be more subtle.
  • David then admires Adam's old jaguar, mentions that he figures Adam can "score" with it, and then adds that even Karen "would roll over" for a car like that.
  • As Adam consoles and partially caresses David in his bed (in a scene with some homosexual undertones), we hear David's thoughts and his fear of getting an erection (a "hard on"), that he can't stop it, and that he hopes he (David) isn't "queer." All of that's apparently a dream as he wakes up and hears Adam and Karen in the next room (laughing and apparently fooling around). He then curses Adam, stating that he's "screwing" his girlfriend and turning him into a homosexual.
  • After Adam has apparently awakened that girlfriend in a sexual sense, she then acts all sensuous toward David, running her hand along her body and cleavage. Moments later, we see the two of them having sex with her on top of him with movement and sounds (and he thanks Adam - but not in person -- for this).
  • Lucy shows some cleavage.
  • We see another view of an earlier scene with Alice and Lucy talking about sex and how Lucy says that Adam leaves that up to her.
  • Adam tells Alice that he'd like to touch her and that she's so sexy.
  • Adam and Alice passionately kiss and he lowers her top (we see part of her bare back) and he nuzzles her neck, but she stops them, although he keeps trying to seduce her.
  • As Alice looks at her infant daughter and thinks about what some guy will tell her (the daughter) in years to come, including, "What you need love, what you need is a good shag." She then states that the guy might just be right about that.
  • Alice shows some cleavage.
  • Laura states that her thesis is going to be about women and sex. Later, we see that her professor is very impressed with her work (and that they're an item, presumably because of it).
  • Lucy tells her sisters that she slept with Simon after running into him. They then ask if it was fun and Lucy replies that it was not bad.
  • Alice has sex with Adam (just before his wedding to Lucy) and we see and hear her pleasured reaction as she bounces up and down (we see just a head and shoulders shot), while all sweaty. She then sits down on top of him on a bed (but we never see any actual contact between them, although we do see her in her bra with cleavage).
  • SMOKING
  • Adam and Laura each smoke several times, while various miscellaneous/background characters smoke in several scenes.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • We hear that Adam's parents died when he was little (as Peggy recounts a story he told her), but we later her so many differing variations of that story that we don't know if any of them are true.
  • We see that Alice and Martin have a quite strained marriage.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Whether Adam was trying to "liberate" the various family members and bring them happiness, or if he simply wanted to have sex with as many women as possible.
  • The fact that no one admitted to sleeping with others, particularly amongst the sisters.
  • Adam's theory about why Karen seemingly doesn't want to have sex with David - stating that she's pretending that she wants the right to choose when, where and how she and David have sex. He then adds that she wants to be taken and doesn't want to be asked since it means she'll have to say yes, and that she really wants no choice.
  • Adam's statement to Lucy that it's good/okay to have secrets from one another.
  • The message the film seems to give that all women need to be liberated from whatever's bothering or repressing them is a good round of sex.
  • VIOLENCE
  • None.



  • Reviewed February 16, 2001 / Posted May 11, 2001

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