The story is as silly as it sounds, resembling more of a family flick than an edge-of-your-seat thriller. (Disclaimer: It has some action scenes and language references that might be inappropriate for young audiences.) Still, the movie is loaded with nostalgic references that will delight every Millennial.
First, it’s reminiscent of Back to the Future, which premiered in 1985. The storyline is nearly identical, but The Adam Project has more CGI elements that make it seem more modern. Since BTTF debuted just four years after the Millennial cut-off (1981), it was practically a rite of passage. The Adam Project also gives off E.T. vibes by incorporating supernatural elements à la Steven Spielberg. Millennials grew up admiring the filmmaker, so it only makes sense that they would find this new film enjoyable.
Second, The Adam Project stars Garner, who was a TV icon when Millennials were growing up. (Alias…need we say more?) Since then, she has appeared in multiple coming-of-age films—like 13 Going on 30—that have defined the childhoods of later Millennials.
Next, the Netflix film has several themes that represent the definitive chapter that Millennials are facing in their lives. Since Millennials range from age 25 to 40, many have already started or are thinking about starting families. The Adam Project features multiple parenting references and poignant family moments that will pull at the heartstrings.
For example, one scene shows Adult Adam sharing a bonding moment with his mom in a bar. Although Ellie feels like she’s not enough for her son, Adam explains that no parent is perfect, and she’s doing the best she can. The scene offers a unique opportunity for the characters to reflect on their imperfections as a parent and son, while also recognizing the growth that’s to come in their relationship.
Examples aside, the movie does an excellent job of highlighting strong themes that Millennials can relate to, even if the film could have been shortened by 30-ish minutes.