Clipping Adam, refers to the main character’s hair, which has not been clipped since an automobile accident claimed the lives of his mother and baby sister. This is the story of Adam’s coming-of-age in a state of grief not realized in both he and his father. Adam’s father turns to alcohol and drowns his sorrow in the maze-world of alcoholism. Adam’s grandmother is a solid, loving force in his life, along with some caring teachers, who act as a buffer when Adam is in trouble for acting out behavior with another boy in his 8th grade class. Adam is told he must undergo counseling during the summer, if he’s to enter the 9th grade at the local high school. Throughout this story, Adam’s hair is discussed and targeted by a bully, intent on clipping Adam’s hair. With counseling, love and dealing with his grief, there is a wonderful ending to this story by Michael A. Picchiottino.
The young man’s grief, over the loss of his mother and sister in a car accident, is handled with care and respect. His grief was not exploited in the plot. Adam had a lot going for him–he’s extremely likable and his vulnerability is protected and cared for by his best friend and this friend’s older brother on more than one occasion. Part of the film focuses on Adam coming of age, meeting girls and going to parties and making choices.
There are scenes that any person who’s ever dealt with grief, either as an adult or a child, will identify with, and their hearts will possibly be opened to new insights. This film displays many good qualities in dealing with the issue of grief. It is awarded the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12+.