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‘Adam’ Film Review: Lgbt Comedy Struggles to Balance Sexy Wit and Serious Intent

‘Adam’ Film Review: Lgbt Comedy Struggles to Balance Sexy Wit and Serious Intent

“Adam,” the directorial debut of Rhys Ernst, a producer on Amazon’s “Transparent,” has a lot of first-film problems. It’s overly ambitious, it has too many characters, and it tries to do too much. But there is also a lot here that feels fresh and original, particularly in the first half, which takes in a lot of new territory — both thematic and geographic — with a pleasing light touch.

Most films set in Manhattan don’t capture the flavor and intensity of the city, but “Adam” is an exception. In spite of any budgetary limitations he may have had, Ernst makes sure that this coming-of-age story is alive with specific places and references that fix it in the year 2006.

That’s when 18-year-old virgin Adam (Nicholas Alexander) goes to visit his sister Casey, who lives communal-style in Manhattan, where she goes to school. The posters on the walls of their

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