Adam's Apples

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Good and evil collide with interesting results in Adam's Apples, a dark Biblical allegory that's alternatively funny and shocking.



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An overly-optimistic preacher with a penchant for taking in lost causes to help around his remote church finds his rose-tinted view of the world challenged by a psychotic neo-Nazi he is trying to reform in this jet black comedy from Green Butchers screenwriter/director Anders Thomas Jensen. Vicar Ivan (Mads Mikkelsen) prides himself on his efforts to help those in need by offering them a variety of odd jobs around the church and spreading the good word. After "adopting" a violent Saudi immigrant and a drunken tennis pro with a history of sexual assault, Ivan is approached by Adam (Ulrich Thomsen) -- a decidedly non-reformed neo-Nazi planning to lie low in the countryside for a spell before returning to the city to once again wreak havoc. When Ivan inquires as to what his new charge's goal will be during his stay in the countryside, the snide hooligan sarcastically states that he would like to bake a cake -- a response which prompts the gullible Ivan to place him in charge of the church's cherished apple tree. As ravens immediately descend upon the tree, Ivan concludes that Satan is attempting to prevent Adam from realizing his true potential. Meanwhile, Adam takes it upon himself to give the cheery clergyman a crash course in the harsh realities of life.


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Critic Reviews for Adam's Apples

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  • This oddball story is more than a one-joke concept. Its characters are sometimes cruel, sometimes sweet, but always recognizably human.

    May 11, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Jensen is an accomplished screenwriter with a knack for developing people amid comic nonsense.

    Apr 13, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie is all surface, loudly clamoring for attention and then losing its voice.

    Apr 12, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Some will see this as a movie about how we're all God's children. I saw only the misanthropic fulminations of Jensen's runaway ego.

    Apr 12, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Its screenplay attempts to blend outrageous black humor with biblical allegory in an ultimately unsuccessful fashion.

    Apr 10, 2007
  • Adam's Apples strives for black comedy, but winds up being neither funny nor spiritually enlightening.

    Mar 17, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    Tom Beer

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Adam's Apples

  • May 25, 2012
    As a non-believer, I find that Adam turning to religion and therefore becoming "good" because of it a little insulting because religion and good haven't always been mutually exclusive if you follow history, but regardless of that, which really didn't hinder the movie at all, this a pretty damn good movie with some very funny and, surprisingly, likable characters. I say surprisingly because there's aspects to each character that would easily make them very unlikable but the movie handles its characters with care and they end up being believable characters that grow on you. Sometimes the movie can definitely be cruel with its humor, but that's definitely part of the charm. I thought the movie sort of laid back on the humor as it went on, but it has a good story of this man, Adam, redeeming himself. Mads Mikkelsen is definitely very entertaining as Ivan, he plays the role completely serious and that's where a lot of the comedy comes from. So yea I really liked this movie, it's not perfect but it's a very enjoyable black comedy.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2010
    "Let's stop with the accusations. It was an old cat. He just happened to fall down while we were shooting." There are dark comedies. There are pitch black comedies. And then, there's Adam's Apples. If you want to watch a movie that takes some of the most depressing, horrible things you can think of, and makes them absolutely hilarious, this is the movie for you. I won't spoil much of the story, as watching what unexpectedly happens throughout is one of the pleasures of the movie. It begins with a priest named Ivan driving an unrepentant neo-Nazi named Adam from prison to the church where he will be performing his community service. Ivan gives Adam the choice of one goal to set for himself to complete, before he leaves. Ivan, completely uncaring, chooses to make an apple pie from the apple tree outside the church, once they are ripe. From there, things quickly get out of hand. Let's just say that the sensitive need not apply. I recommend Adam's Apples to people with a dark sense of humor, who are fine with laughing at incredibly inappropriate (yet incredibly amusing) things. This movie was made for people like you and me. I'm not referring to low-brow humor. This is a different animal. An utterly unique (as far as my experience goes), intelligent comedy that ultimately brings sunshine forth from some of the darkest clouds you've ever seen (both figuratively and literally).
    Lewis C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2009
    Unexpected, very dark , very funny and very Danish film from Anders Thomas Jensen about the battle between good and evil, starring a newly released neo-Nazi ex-con who's sent to live with a odd set of characters;, Ivan the delusional priest,Gunnar the overweight kleptomaniac drunk ex-tennis player, Khalid the terrorist and Sarah the ambivalent mother-to-be. Excellent film, full of surprises, I loved it. From REBEL22's favourites list. . .
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2009
    This movie had so many deep meaning and points of interests, it is a simple tale of hope, meaning of life and personalities, I liked Mads Mikkelsen's acting, it blew me away, and the plot, if you aren't too sensitive to black humor, I recommend you to watch Adam's Apples. I'd like to say that I was not used to Danish humor, and sometimes I did not understood some scenes, and that made me feel bad. Concept of the movie revolves around themes like religion, mental dis-behavior and good vs. evil. Summary, it was just perfect!
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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