Everyone, it seems, is talking about the “The Adam Project!” From morning shows to magazines to social media, you can’t turn around in recent weeks without seeing or hearing mention of the new action-adventure film, which hit Netflix on Friday and has been holding onto the streamer’s coveted number one spot ever since. The heartwarming tale sees 2050s pilot Adam Reed (Ryan Reynolds) returning to the year 2022 to save humanity from the evils that have come about due to the invention of time travel, a concept developed by his scientist father, Louis (Mark Ruffalo). While visiting the past, Adam meets his 12-year-old self, played by newcomer Walker Scobell (in his first-ever acting role!), and the two prove an unbeatable – not to mention hilarious – duo!
Audiences, critics and daytime television hosts alike promptly fell in love with the flick (with Ellen DeGeneres even declaring it “the E.T. of our generation!”) thanks to its witty dialogue, poignant storyline and distinct ‘80s vibe. The retro feel shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the production was helmed by Shawn Levy, who also serves as an executive producer and frequent director of Netflix’s beloved “Stranger Things” series.
Set in Seattle, filming of “The Adam Project” took place a few hours north of Emerald City in Vancouver, British Columbia and its environs. The Sundance Pub & Inn in the city of Delta, an oft-filmed lodging that has been featured in a slew of recent productions, stands in for the Pine Ridge Motel, where the two Adams try to convince their dad to “put the genie back in the bottle and destroy time travel before it’s even invented.” Adult Adam gives his mom, Ellie (Jennifer Garner), child-rearing advice at The Blarney Stone in Vancouver’s Gastown neighborhood. Rainier Pharmacy, where adult Adam shops for pharmaceutical supplies, is the Shoppers Drug Mart at 2490 Marine Dr. in West Vancouver. And young Adam gets beat up by local bullies just down the street at the Dundarave Beach Cafe. But the film’s best-loved location, the one that had the Twitterverse oohing and ahhing all weekend, is the mid-century home where young Adam lives with his parents.