Wednesday, May 18, 2022     Volume: 23, Issue: 11
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A QUIET PLACE PART II
ANOTHER ROUND
BINGEABLE: 100 FOOT WAVE (2021)
BINGEABLE: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (2021-present)
BINGEABLE: ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL (2022)
BINGEABLE: BARRY (2018-present)
BINGEABLE: CASTLEVANIA (2017-2021)
BINGEABLE: CHEER (2020-present)
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG (2016-2019)
BINGEABLE: INVENTING ANNA (2022)
BINGEABLE: KUNG FU (2021)
BINGEABLE: LIFE & BETH (2022)
BINGEABLE: MAID (2021)
BINGEABLE: MIDNIGHT MASS (2021)
BINGEABLE: ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING (2021)
BINGEABLE: SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE (2022-)
BINGEABLE: SQUID GAME (2021)
BINGEABLE: STATION ELEVEN (2021)
BINGEABLE: SWEET TOOTH
BINGEABLE: TELL ME YOUR SECRETS (2021)
BINGEABLE: THE GREAT (2020-present)
BINGEABLE: THE THING ABOUT PAM (2022)
BINGEABLE: THE WOMAN IN THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW (2022)
BINGEABLE: TOKYO VICE (2022)
BINGEABLE: UNDERCURRENT: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF KIM WALL (2022)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COWBOY BEBOP (1998)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX (1999)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE SHOOTING (1966)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART (1990)
BOSS LEVEL
C’MON C’MON
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE
GUILTY PLEASURES: GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE
GUILTY PLEASURES: JOLT
HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM (1996)
I CARE A LOT
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
LICORICE PIZZA
NEW FLICKS: ANTLERS
NEW FLICKS: ARMY OF THIEVES
NEW FLICKS: CRUELLA
NEW FLICKS: DON’T LOOK UP
NEW FLICKS: ENCOUNTER
NEW FLICKS: FINCH
NEW FLICKS: FRESH
NEW FLICKS: I WANT YOU BACK
NEW FLICKS: KATE
NEW FLICKS: KIMI
NEW FLICKS: RED NOTICE
NEW FLICKS: RIDERS OF JUSTICE
NEW FLICKS: SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS
NEW FLICKS: THE FOREVER PRISONER (2021)
NEW FLICKS: THE NORTHMAN
NEW FLICKS: VIVARIUM
NINE DAYS
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS (2021)
PIG
SOUL
SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME
THE ADAM PROJECT
THE BATMAN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM (2019)
THE HARDER THEY FALL
THE LOST CITY
THE LOST DAUGHTER
THE MAP OF TINY PERFECT THINGS
THE NEW MUTANTS
THE PAPER TIGERS
THE POWER OF THE DOG
THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN
THE SUNLIT NIGHT
THE TENDER BAR
THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT
TV REVIEW: BATES MOTEL
TV REVIEW: DEFENDING JACOB
TV REVIEW: EXTERMINATE ALL THE BRUTES (2021)
TV REVIEW: HOMECOMING
TV REVIEW: HOW TO WITH JOHN WILSON
TV REVIEW: I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
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TV REVIEW: LENOX HILL
TV REVIEW: LITTLE AMERICA
TV REVIEW: MARE OF EASTTOWN
TV REVIEW: MRS. AMERICA
TV REVIEW: ONE MISSISSIPPI
TV REVIEW: PAINTING WITH JOHN (2021)
TV REVIEW: RAMY
TV REVIEW: RUN
TV REVIEW: SPACE FORCE
TV REVIEW: TABOO (2017)
TV REVIEW: TED LASSO (2020-present)
TV REVIEW: THE BOYS
TV REVIEW: THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
TV REVIEW: THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
TV REVIEW: THE LAST KINGDOM
TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
TV REVIEW: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WARRIOR
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
UNDERRATED: THE KINGDOM (2007)
YOU WON’T BE ALONE

‘The Adam Project’ is a family-friendly time-travel adventure

THE ADAM PROJECT

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THE ADAM PROJECT


Where is it playing?: Netflix

What's it rated?: PG-13

What's it worth?: $Full price (Anna Starkey)

What's it worth?: $Full price (Glen Starkey)

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

In this family-friendly sci-fi thriller, it’s 2050, and wise-cracking time-traveling pilot Adam Reed (Ryan Reynolds) attempts to return to 2018 on a rescue mission to save his wife, Laura (Zoe Saldana), but accidentally crash lands in 2022, where he meets his 12-year-old self (Walker Scobell), a wise-cracking tween whose big mouth makes him the target of bullying. It doesn’t help that young Adam is still suffering from the death of their father, Louis Reed (Mark Ruffalo), the inventor of time travel technology, and confounding his mother, Ellie Reed (Jennifer Garner), who doesn’t know how to deal with her son’s misbehavior. As they slip between times, adult Adam, young Adam, and their dad, Louis, will need to work together to save the future. (106 min.)

Glen: Time travel is a tried-and-true but perhaps overdone sci-fi convention, but this engaging, funny take on the genre brings real charm to the story by pitting adult Adam with his 12-year-old self and allowing their father, Louis, to meet his son as a child and adult. Reynolds is, as usual, funny as hell, and Scobell as young Adam effectively adopts Reynold’s razor-sharp wit, which as a slight, asthmatic 12-year-old didn’t serve young Adam well when he couldn’t keep his trap shut in the face of bullies. It’s fun to watch as young Adam marvels at the muscular 6-foot-2 pilot he’ll become. The film, directed by Shawn Levy (Cheaper by the Dozen, Night at the Museum, Free Guy), has fun with the time travel gags. When they find Adam’s wife, adult Adam says, “Laura, this is me,” gesturing to young Adam, who says, “Hi!” Laura says, “Parallel contact, babe?” alluding to the danger of inhabiting space with another version of yourself, to which Adam says, “Well, you know, you’ve always said that you wished you met me earlier.” It’s all pretty charming.

Anna: What’s more charming than a Ruffalo/Reynolds pair-up? Add in the adorable Scobell and these three are just a treat to watch. There’s a lot of comedy in young Adam and older Adam realizing they annoy each other pretty badly. They squabble like brothers a little too close in age. It’s definitely got that sappy side of another “bring the family together” time travel flick, but as long as you don’t go in thinking you’re getting some novel twist on the genre, chances are you’ll enjoy it. The one-liners keep the pace up. I also loved seeing Scobell working to mirror Reynolds’ humor and style of speech delivery in his younger version. Personally, I’m not generally into sci-fi movies for the plot lines, and it’s a win from me if it has me laughing and not bogged down with a whole lot of minutiae. In that regard, this film hit the mark.

Glen: Deep thinkers and logicians need not apply because the science is secondary. It also helps to be a fan of Reynolds’ sarcastic jerk persona, which—weirdly to me—I know some people don’t like. I’ve been a fan since I first noticed him in the lowbrow college comedy romp Van Wilder (2001). His mix of bravado, wit, and cockiness is an acquired taste, I guess. Catherine Keener is solid as Adam’s future boss, Maya Sorian, a greedy villain who exploited Louis’ time travel technology and means to control it. The Reed family dynamic gives the film its heart. The Adams have to work through their bitterness toward their father as well as come to appreciate their mother. Rest assured, this feel-good film will deliver the expected resolution.

Anna: I’m in the same boat as you as far as Reynolds goes. What some people find obnoxious about him I find entertaining; this film would be a tough sell if I didn’t. The family dynamics of the film are the heart of it, and I like that there are some complicated feelings going on. Adam is pretty bitter about growing up without his dad, so things aren’t suddenly all buddy-buddy when the two go to meet Louis. It’s PG-13 and a movie I think a lot of kids around that age would really enjoy. There’s fight scenes, though none too brutal, cool special effects, fast-paced car chases, and plenty more to keep kids and adults alike entertained. It may not be in the realm of classics like Back to the Future and ET, but it’s an entertaining romp through time and space. Get that popcorn popped and enjoy this one with the family.

New Times Senior Staff Writer Glen Starkey and freelancer Anna Starkey write Sun Screen. Glen compiles streaming listings. Comment at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.










Weekly Poll
What type of vegetable would you grow in a free community garden?

Brussel Sprouts, they are the best.
Broccoli because it can go with any meal.
Tomatoes, although I think those are technically a fruit.
French fries!

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