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This is pretty much the only Netflix original movie that matters right now

Published Mar 23rd, 2022 5:03PM EDT
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Netflix’s latest weekly data dump about what’s hot right now across the streaming platform globally should make Ryan Reynolds feel pretty good. Among all the movies on Netflix, for the 7-day period ending March 20, it was more likely that users were streaming his latest release The Adam Project than other Netflix original films out right now.

In fact, you could even go so far as to say that Reynolds’ new sci-fi, time-bending thriller is really the only example of Netflix’s original movie efforts that matters at the moment. Because a comparative fraction of Netflix users are streaming any of the streamer’s other films.

What happens in The Adam Project?

Here’s the basic plot of the movie, from Netflix. “A time-traveling pilot teams up with his younger self and his late father to come to terms with his past while saving the future.” Reynolds plays the older version of himself — “Big Adam.”

“What hooked me in was the idea of: What if you could make your peace with your own history?” director Shawn Levy explains, in an interview about the movie included with Netflix’s press material. “What if you could, as an adult, go back and make peace with your younger self, and make your peace with the parents we failed to understand when we were growing up? What if you could go back and reconnect with your parents with the benefit of a lifetime of wisdom and perspective?

“Because more often than not, when we think back to our parents, there are stories we tell ourselves. Either they were perfect or they were the villain in my backstory. But generally, neither is true.”

Viewers have certainly responded reasonably well to the film. Over at Rotten Tomatoes, The Adam Project currently has a 77 percent audience score (based on more than 1,000 user ratings). The critics’ score is just a little lower, but not by much. The figure there is 68 percent, based on 187 reviews.

Netflix Top 10 movies

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(L to R) Christina Wolfe as Kate, and Leighton Meester as Beth, in Netflix’s “The Weekend Away.” Image source: Ivan Šardi/Netflix

Perhaps the biggest metric of the film’s success on the platform, meanwhile, is how much time people have actually spent streaming The Adam Project. And on that front, the number is rather impressive.

The latest global Top 10 film data from Netflix is available below, including the hours spent streaming each title. As you can see, Netflix users spent more than 4 times as many hours collectively streaming this week’s #1 film (The Adam Project) than they did the #2 title.

  1. The Adam Project — 85.3 million hours viewed
  2. Rescued by Ruby — 19.9 million hours viewed
  3. Gemini Man — 11.8 million hours viewed
  4. The Ice Road — 11.6 million hours viewed
  5. The Weekend Away — 9.2 million hours viewed
  6. A Walk Among the Tombstones — 9 million hours viewed
  7. Windfall — 8.3 million hours viewed
  8. Shrek — 7.8 million hours viewed
  9. Shrek 2 — 6.7 million hours viewed
  10. A Madea Homecoming — 5.7 million hours viewed

More Netflix coverage: For more Netflix news, check out our coverage of the latest new Netflix movies and series to watch.

Andy Meek Trending News Editor

Andy Meek is a reporter based in Memphis who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming.

Over the years, he’s interviewed legendary figures in entertainment and tech that range from Stan Lee to John McAfee, Peter Thiel, and Reed Hastings.

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