The Adam Project (L to R) Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam and Walker Scobell as Young Adam. Cr. Doane Gregory/Netflix ?? 2022

Reuniting star-producer Ryan Reynolds and director Shawn Levy after their winning collaboration on “Free Guy,” “The Adam Project” has the generic feel of a project created by committee, combining action, humor and smart-alecky one-liners in a way that’s at best aggressively okay. That’s probably enough for Netflix coming off a success with Reynolds in “Red Notice,” but like the film’s plot, this amounts to rehashing history.

Reynolds neatly sums up “The Adam Project’s” modest ambitions in the production notes, saying that the concept “ticked every box for us.” That means giving the star a chance to be heroic and funny, while adding a dollop of heart that borders a bit too much on sappiness.
The producers were equally shrewd in the casting, having Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo playing the Reynolds character’s parents, serving up a bonus reunion of the 2004 rom-com “13 Going on 30.”