Parents' Guide to

The Adam Project

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Stylized violence, language in emotional time-travel tale.

Movie PG-13 2022 106 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 16+

Potentially great movie to watch with kids Fails due to crude actor!

While I like the movie, sci-fi, special effects, and even plot, the balance was COMPLETELY thrown off by a kid that appears to be around 12 years old from looks. For reference I have an 11 and 13 year old. In the plot, the boy is independent and sarcastic due to loosing his father a year and a half ago. Unfortunately, they take this way too far and make the boy out to act like a jerky adult. There are many-many examples of this such as the boy asking his older self if “I’m going to get laid”, and then acts so excited to find out as if he knows exactly what it is (aka, kid has watched some porn apparently). It really bummed me out that they had to insert such a vulgar-crude-reference kid because I really wanted to watch this movie with my son. So glad I happened to check the movie out first. Trust me, I’m not a prude, the vulgar kid in this movie is really over the top. Very sad, could have been the perfect movie to watch with my kiddo:(. PS, boy also says “f--ck” in a way used by how an adult would react to something.
10 people found this helpful.
age 12+

Not bad movie, pity about language

Movie had a lot of great potential. Pity they had to mess it up with such bad language. On the positive side, some good values instilled. Every time I watch something on Netflix I wish they had the option to just mute all bad language. If not for the language I would rate this at least 4.

This title has:

Educational value
Too much swearing
3 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14):
Kids say (40):

The real surprise in this fun, layered, time-traveling action mystery is the tenderness with which family relationships and sentiments are handled. The Adam Project gives its characters the opportunity to go back in time to right misdirected relationships and fix missed chances to fully express their feelings for each other. While the concept of time travel is nothing new (Young Adam's blue puffy vest could be a direct nod to Back to the Future's Marty McFly), the way it's handled here as a device for a more intimate character study is compelling. An especially moving scene is when Big Adam encounters his mom in a bar and helps her understand her son's feelings, as well as her own.

The action scenes and visual effects are of course well done (though the de-aging of Keener is a little creepy), and they're set to classic rock and choreographed with character-revealing dialogues. A memorable example is when Young Adam repeats Big Adam's condescending tough-guy advice back to him when the latter is in a vulnerable position. The actors here are cast to type: Reynolds as a wise-cracking reluctant hero, Garner as a mom, Saldana as a brave action hero, and Ruffalo as a scruffy sage. The discovery is Walker Scobell as Young Adam. He manages to match Reynolds' sarcasm, smarts, and knowing looks, rather than the other way around, acting that was necessary to make their oneness as versions of the same character believable. While the setting doesn't play a huge role, the lush forest right outside Adam's house is magical and vaguely reminiscent of scenes from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.

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