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100 Best Quotes From The Adam Project

In Netflix’s The Adam Project, a time-traveling pilot fighter, Adam Reed, accidentally crashes into the year 2022 where he teams up with his 12-year-old self and sets out on a mission to save the future. Together they have to travel back to 2018 and prevent time traveling from ever existing in order to save the future from Saporian, a power-hungry investor.

Here’s the scoop on the best quotes from The Adam Project!

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The Adam Project Netflix © 2022

1. “Time travel exists. You just don’t know it yet.”

2. “Did you order, like a ‘Bully Starter Kit‘ on Amazon or something?” – younger Adam Reed

If there’s something Adam has, it’s a big mouth that gets him into a lot of trouble with the school bullies.

3. “Son, you’d better start caring, because the future is coming, sooner than you think.” – Ellie Reed

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The Adam Project (L to R) Walker Scobell as Young Adam and Jennifer Garner as Ellie. Cr. Doane Gregory/Netflix © 2022

4. “Your dress thinks it’s a date.” – younger Adam Reed

Adam teases his mom about getting dressed up for a dinner with a man named Dereck.

5. “And just let some creepy dude wander around my house alone? I don’t think so.” – younger Adam Reed

After the older Adam breaks into his own house in 2022, his younger self follows him around the house with a bat choosing to be precautious.

6. “If I’m being honest with myself, you have a very punchable face.” – older Adam Reed

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The Adam Project – (Pictured) Walker Scobell as Young Adam. Cr. Doane Gregory/Netflix © 2022

I wonder how many of us would say this if we encountered our younger selves.

7. “No, I was stabbed with a bullet.” – older Adam Reed

Sarcasm is something Adam will never grow out of, that’s for sure.

8. “I’m a moron? You’re the one who was shot.” – younger Adam Reed

9. “You are dark, man.” – older Adam Reed

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

10. “You’re me.” – younger Adam Reed

11. “I once was.” – older Adam Reed

12. “You may have just changed my whole future?” – younger Adam Reed

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THE ADAM PROJECT – (L to R) Walker Scobell as Young Adam and Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam. Cr. Doane Gregory/Netflix © 2022

13. “Honestly your future is pretty tragic either way.” – older Adam Reed

14. “Unlikely, but I’ll be sure to put in a good word for you.” – younger Adam Reed

Adam is waiting for his mom to come back from her ‘date’ and sends Dereck off with a sarcastic comment.

15. “You can be a real jerk sometimes.” – Ellie Reed

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The Adam Project (L to R) Walker Scobell as Young Adam and Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam. Cr. Doane Gregory/Netflix © 2021

16. “You’re… kinda ripped.” – younger Adam Reed

Adam is amazed by his future physique considering how small he is and how often he gets beat up.

17. “Does everyone skip leg day in the future?” – younger Adam Reed

18. “I keep waiting to wake up and miss him less, but that hasn’t happened yet.” – younger Adam Reed

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

Together both Adams share their feelings about missing their deceased father.

19. “Can we just take a break from the ass-kicking today?” – younger Adam Reed

While out on a shopping trip with his older self, Adam runs into his bullies. Older Adam encourages him to stick up for himself and put up a fight, but quite frankly Adam is over getting beat up.

20. “Be the change you wanna see, okay?” – older Adam Reed

After Adam gets embarrassingly beat up, older Adam steps in and intimidates his childhood bullies, discouraging them from ever messing with Adam again.

21. “Babies are pure love. They grow into teenagers, who grow to be assassins of happiness.” – Ellie Reed

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The Adam Project (L to R) Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam and Jennifer Garner as Ellie. Cr. Doane Gregory/Netflix © 2022

22. “He doesn’t hate you. He loves you. More than he knows.” – older Adam Reed

While getting a drink, older Adam runs into his mom at the bar who is voicing her parenting struggles with the bartender. Adam butts in and reassures her that she’s doing a good job and her son doesn’t hate her, he loves her.

23. “That’s a lightsaber dude.” – younger Adam Reed

24. “On the bright side, your… your new face now matches your soul.” – older Adam Reed

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THE ADAM PROJECT – (L to R) BTS of Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam and director Shawn Levy. Cr. Doane Gregory/Netflix © 2022

25. “God, it’s like I traded my brains for those muscles. It’s a shit deal.” – younger Adam Reed

Younger Adam makes fun of his older self’s lack of intelligence, all brawn no brains.

26. “I found you.” – older Adam Reed

After traveling back in time to see what had happened to his missing wife Laura, Adam finds her again.

27. “I’m gonna take my eyes and ears for a walk.” – younger Adam Reed

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The Adam Project (L to R) Zoe Saldana as Laura, Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam, and Walker Scobell as Young Adam. Cr. Doane Gregory/Ne

28. “I can’t afford to lose you.” – older Adam Reed

29. “I know you came for me. Now you have to leave for me, please.” – Laura

Adam and Laura’s reunion is short-lived and they have to part ways again, but they promise to find each other again somehow in the future.

30. “I’m still the nerd with an inhaler who gets his ass kicked.” – younger Adam Reed

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The Adam Project (L to R) Zoe Saldana as Laura and Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam. Cr. Netflix © 2021

31. “The only woman you ever loved gets taken away.” – older Adam Reed

32. “You should have stayed dead the first time.” – Sorian

Sorian shows up in 2022 and finishes Laura off right after Adam leaves for 2018.

33. “Punch that shit.” – younger Adam Reed

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The Adam Project (Pictured) Zoe Saldana as Laura. Cr. Doane Gregory/Netflix © 2021

34. “Give yourself permission to be inadequate, and then get to work.” – Professor Reed

35. “You will die before your life’s work is done.” – Professor Reed

He’s definitely the type of professor to give his student’s an existential crisis every other lecture.

36. “Is… is this time travel?” – Professor Reed

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The Adam Project (L to R) Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam, Mark Ruffalo as Louis Reed, and Walker Scobell as Young Adam. Cr. Netflix ©

He recognizes Adam in the back of his class and realizes that time travel became attainable in the future.

37. “Shut the physic fountain in your face.” – older Adam Reed

38. “A disgusting character flaw.” – older Adam Reed

39. “Mankind has no business tampering with the mechanics of the universe.” – Professor Reed

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The Adam Project (L to R) Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam, Mark Ruffalo as Louis Reed, and Walker Scobell as Young Adam. Cr. Doana Greg

40. “Stop being a scientist. Be a father.” – older Adam Reed

41. “You were always more interested in the universe than your son.” – older Adam Reed

Older Adam gets fed up with his father and gives him a reality check on his parenting.

42. “Please don’t go.” – younger Adam Reed

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The Adam Project (L to R) Mark Ruffalo as Louis Reed and Walker Scobell as Young Adam. Cr: DOANE GREGORY/NETFLIX © 2022

43. “This company is all you will ever have.” – older Sorian

In order to prevent Adam from ruining the empire, she builds for herself in the future, Sorian travels back to 2018 too, to warn her younger self.

44. “All that loneliness… would’ve been for nothing.” – older Sorian

45. “I fixed that future where we had been forgotten.” – older Sorian

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The Adam Project (L to R) Walker Scobell as Young Adam and Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam. Cr. Doane Gregory/Netflix © 2021

46. “That little kid… he grows up to be a very big pain in our ass.” – Sorian

47. “I know you think you know more than me because you’re older.” – younger Adam Reed

48. “I’m on the edge of my seat here.” – older Adam Reed

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The Adam Project – (L to R) Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam and Walker Scobell as Young Adam. Cr. Netflix © 2022

49. “You hate him because he died.” – younger Adam Reed

Both Adams have a heart-to-heart talk after their father leaves, turning down their plan. Younger Adam reminds his older self why he holds so much resentment for their dad.

50. “You made yourself hate him. Because it was easier than missing him – younger Adam Reed

51. “I remember some stuff you maybe don’t wanna.” – younger Adam Reed

52. “He played catch with us almost every night.” – younger Adam Reed

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

He reminds himself that at the end of the day he wasn’t a bad father it was just easier to hate him than it was to grieve his death.

53. “Things happen to you, to us. And we suck at dealing with it.” – younger Adam Reed

54. “I think it’s easier to be angry than it is to be sad.” – younger Adam Reed

55. “How’d you get to be so smart?” – older Adam Reed

56. “How’d you get to be so dumb?” – younger Adam Reed

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The Adam Project – Netflix

57. “This guy likes you.” – Professor Reed

58. “He’s an odd duck… like his dad. I happen to collect odd ducks.” – Ellie Reed

59. “He doesn’t need perfect. He just needs you.” – Ellie Reed

Walking out on Adam’s plan, Professor Reed decides to stay home and talk to Ellie about his doubts about his parenting. Ellie reassures him that he is a good father, Adam doesn’t need him to be perfect.

60. “I’m extremely lovable.” – Ellie Reed

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The Adam Project (L to R) Jennifer Garner as Ellie and Mark Ruffalo as Louis Reed. Cr. Doane Gregory/Netflix © 2022

61. “We’re gonna blow this bitch up.” – older Adam Reed

62. “How did I live this long? That’s a terrible idea.” – younger Adam Reed

63. “When a bad idea is the only idea, it becomes a great idea.” – older Adam Reed

64. “I saved your ass with a Subaru son.” – Professor Reed

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THE ADAM PROJECT – BTS of Shawn Levy and Ryan Reynolds. Cr: Doane Gregory/NETFLIX © 2022

He also almost killed Adam with a Subaru in the process.

65. “Dad’s being critical. Big surprise.” – older Adam Reed

66. “God, you’re such a child.” – Professor Reed

67. “You’re killing me with the theoretical.” – older Adam Reed

68. “I am so keeping this thing.” – younger Adam Reed

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

69. “I gotta hand it to you Dad. You were not messin’ around.” – older Adam Reed

70. “Or there’s a cataclysmic meltdown that will destroy all living things within 100 miles.” – Professor Reed

Well, no one said that destroying time travel would be easy.

71. “Screw it.” – Professor Reed

72. “Oh, this shit’s about to get weird.” – older Adam Reed

73. “Our work was supposed to have moral ground rules.” – Professor Reed

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

74. “We were gonna change the world.” – younger Maya Saporian

75. “The only thing that’s changed is obviously you. Have you lost your mind?” – Professor Reed

76. “I’m not the villain here.” -younger Maya Saporian

77. “This is mine to do with as I please.” – older Maya Saporian

78. “No. Just… no.” – older Adam Reed

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The Adam Project – Netflix

Adam refuses to give Saporian the hard drive with the formula for time travel.

79. “Gimme the gun.” – older Maya Saporian

80. “Maya, Jesus Christ.” – Professor Reed

81. “What the hell are you doing? Are you crazy?” – younger Maya Saporian

82. “Hey, beautiful idiot. If I shoot him, you die too.” – older Maya Saporian

Saporian takes younger Adam as a hostage and threatens to kill him and the older Adam too.

83. “I’m thinking it over.” – older Adam Reed

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THE ADAM PROJECT – (Pictured) Alex Mallari Jr. as Christos. Cr. Doane Gregory/Netflix © 2022

84. “I’m about to lose my shit here.” – younger Adam Reed

85. “Superhero landing.” – younger Adam Reed

*Cue the dramatic superhero music*

86. “Ever had your ass kicked by a 12-year-old nerd with an inhaler?” – younger Adam Reed

87. “Suppertime, Spanky.” – younger Adam Reed

88. “Finish him!” – older Maya Saporian

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The Adam Project (L to R) Zoe Saldana as Laura and Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam. Cr. Doane Gregory/Netflix © 2021

89. “Now, don’t think I won’t put a bullet right through you.” – older Maya Saporian

90.”You just never understood the bigger picture.” – older Maya Saporian

91. “And you never understood the science.” – Professor Reed

Saporian’s plan backfires as the electromagnetic field redirects her bullet shooting her younger self instead.

92. “Sometimes it pays to be a nerd guys.” – Professor Reed

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

93. “You’re my future, both of you. And how lucky am I that I got to see it?” – Professor Reed

Their father knows what future awaits him but he tells Adam not to tell him how he dies. Instead, he embraces them both one last time and expresses his love for both of them while playing one last game of catch.

94. “I loved you from the first minute I saw you and that will never change.” – Professor Reed

95. “Give mom a hug for me.” – older Adam Reed

96. “I had to make sure I wasn’t getting mugged.” – Ellie Reed

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The Adam Project (L to R) Zoe Saldana as Laura and Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam. Cr. Doane Gregory/Netflix © 2021

97. “It’s like they’re genetically engineered to bore us to death.” – older Adam Reed

98. “I’m Adam… Adam Reed.” – older Adam Reed

99. “I’m Laura.” – Laura

100. “Not anymore. I found you.” – older Adam Reed

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The Adam Project (L to R) Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam and Zoe Saldana as Laura. Cr. Doane Gregory/Netflix © 2022

Despite everything Adam had been through, he still found his way back to the love of his life.

Walker Scobell (aka younger Adam) will become Percy Jackson in the future Disney plus adaptation.

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