Adult Adoption is a comedy about family, finding it and making it. Rosy is 25 years old and has aged out the foster care system. She signs up to an online site that is basically Tinder for adult adoptees. It’s kinda a rom-com about meeting The One, except for parents not lovers.
What I really liked about it is it makes a comedy out of a subject that is mostly treated as tragedy – growing up in the care system. Rosy is no victim and refuses to conform to the traumatised and troubled stereotype everyone has for her when they hear she was in care. I mean, she’s a mess, but no more than anyone else.
Loneliness is mostly her problem. In fact most people in the film are searching for something, to a greater or lesser extent, everybody’s looking for connection. Because Rosy doesn’t have a family, she assumes that this is what she needs. She finds dating functional, more a hook-up kinda thing, and she’s not looking to settle down just yet. So it’s more a parental bond she wants.
Other people are doing the same thing. Jane, who Rosy meets on the site and bonds with as a mother, has an estranged daughter, which has left her with a lot of pain. Brian, also from the site, seems to be searching for some kind of fantasy, a sort of recapturing of something gone. Rosy’s friend Nola seems to have got embroiled in a cult, which promises a sense of family and home.
The most together character is nice guy Dan. He’s a total sweetheart and I really liked him. He seems like he would be really good for Rosy, just maybe not right now. She’s still figuring a lot of stuff out.
I really liked Rosy. Her colour palate is best described as ice cream and bubblegum. She listens to hyperpop and is basically all of us in our early 20s, with imposter syndrome. You wanna shout, “I’m not a real adult! I just snuck into a job and a flat and I don’t know what the hell I’m doing!” Same here babe, same here.
Adult Adoption is funny and really well realised. I loved the attention to detail, like really fleshing out all the side characters. Like Brian’s outfit style getting younger and younger as he regresses. Or Helen’s collection of crystals and her ability to tell you what each one is for. And her constantly going on about what she talked about in therapy – identify! And Nola turning her dress into a tube top. I just loved it.
With warmth and humour, this film is like a big hug saying, “Rosy, you’re a hot mess. Welcome to the world!”