Actor Ryan Reynolds has been gushing about his movie “The Adam Project” for a little over a month now.
The Netflix time-travelling thrilled, directed by “Free Guy” Reynolds collaborator Shawn Levy, shows Reynolds hopping back in time to meet his younger self and try to save the world from certain destruction.
During a recent Netflix Q&A, the “Deadpool” star got a question from a fan that he didn’t expect.
Ryan Reynolds Is Left Speechless By A Young Fan’s Question During A Netflix Q&A
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During the Netflix Q&A, the “Red Notice” actor was asked about the kiss he shared with his on-screen wife, Zoe Saldana.
A young fan asked Reynolds, “In the scene where you were kissing the girl… was that real?”
The question quickly drew laughs from the cast panel, which included Jennifer Garner, who plays Reynolds’ mother in the film. “This is the best Q&A ever, she quipped.
Reynolds joked that it must be his wife, Blake Lively, throwing her voice to ask the question. “Honey, what the…?” he joked before he stumbled into the best answer he could give under the circumstances.
“I guess it was kinda, kinda real,” he ventured before shrugging and adding, “I didn’t mean it.”
“This is the thing,” he continued. “I don’t know how to explain this to my own kids, but they watch this and they’re like, ‘Daddy, what are you doing?‘ Like it’s exactly the tactic I would use on them… not anger but disappointment.”
“Great question though,” he joked as he addressed the young fan again. “The exit’s that way.”
Ryan Reynolds Opens Up About His Parenting Style With Blake Lively
The film, which takes an emotional dive into the relationships that parents have with their children, brought up a lot of questions about Reynolds’ own parenting style. Reynolds and his wife, Blake Lively, who wasn’t present at the premiere, share three daughters: James, 7, Inez, 5, and Betty, 2.
In an interview with ET’s Rachel Smith at “The Adam Project” red carpet in New York City, Reynolds explained that he tries to encourage his children to make good choices.
“I think I would be psychotic if I didn’t want my children to at least, you know, try to do something right and with integrity,” he said. “But my kids are 7, 5, and 2, so I’m not like, ‘You gotta get better grades!’ I mean, I’m just happy if they finished a bowl of cereal.”
He joked that he and Lively’s parenting skill level is “probably like a brown belt at this point?”
“I don’t know,” he added. We’re working up the chain of command.”
He also added that if he had the ability to time travel, he’d rather jump into the future than go back in time.
“I would be more curious to see what the future holds than the past,” he said. “I mean, in the past, you’d spend so much time dealing with so many things that are broken or wrong. I think in the future, I would just sort of see if something landed right, you know?”
What Do Critics Think Of ‘The Adam Project’?
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If you take a look at Reynolds’ Twitter page, you’ll see nothing but a plethora of positive reviews. However, the film was a mixed back for some. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film scored a 68% score from critics and a 78% score from audiences.
Tara Brady of the Irish Times called the film “the kind of post-Goonies family-oriented schmaltz that plays very well on Netflix (see all of Stranger Things, a show sometimes directed by Levy) and not so well in cinemas.” Brady gave the film 3 out of 4 stars.
Bilge Ebiri of Vulture called the film “an assemblage of ideas from other popular films that just hangs there with little cohesion. It’s like watching a movie that hasn’t been made yet.”
Linda Marric of The Jewish Chronicle wrote, “The Adam Project manages to showcase some great performances from all involved, even if in the end they are let down by a decidedly unimaginative premise and some rather lackluster action set pieces.” Marric gave the film 3 out of 5 stars.
James Berardinelli of ReelViews wrote, “The premise is intriguing and the cast is top-notch but, taken as a whole, The Adam Project comes up short.” He gave the film 2.5 out of 4 stars.
Peter Travers of ABC News wrote, “Ryan Reynolds leads an A-list cast in this Back to the Future nostalgia trip that coasts down well-worn roads instead of paving new ones with fresh imagination. But there is still fun to be this cynicism-free throwback to 80s family entertainment.”
Richard Roeper of Chicago Sun-Times wrote, “With echoes of ‘Back to the Future,’ ‘The Terminator’ and even a little of ‘Heaven Can Wait,’ this is a consistently entertaining comedy-actioner with a lot of heart — and the perfect ending. Roeper gave the film 3 out of 4 stars.
“The Adam Project” is currently available for streaming on Netflix.