About Time (2013)
Critic Consensus: Beautifully filmed and unabashedly sincere, About Time finds director Richard Curtis at his most sentimental.
At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time... The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he's never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again-and again-but finally, after a lot of cunning time-traveling, he wins her heart. Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to get his pregnant wife to the hospital in time for the birth of their daughter, despite a nasty traffic jam outside Abbey Road. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can't save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous too. About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.(c) Universal … More
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as Jimmy Kinkade
as Tim Lake
as Kit Kat
as Tim's Father
as Tim's Mother
as Uncle D.
as Ginger Jenny
as Mary's Father, Fitz
as Mary's Mother, Jean
as Aunty May
as Dans Le Noir Maitre ...
as Theatre Deserter
as Theatre Judge
as Bhattie QC
as Wedding Priest
as Posy (Newborn)
as Posy (1 Year)
as Posy (2 1/2-3 Years)
as Posy (5 Years)
as Boy Posy
as Jeff (Newborn)
as Jeff (5 Months)
as Jeff (2 Years)
as Jo (6 Months)
as Jo (1 Year)
as Trudy (Party Guest)
as Flirty Girl
as Pret A Manger Server
as Court Clerk
as Jury Foreman
as Jazz Singer
as Young Tim
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Critic Reviews for About Time
Even in a work of science fiction like this, Gleeson seems beyond real. All those foam-faces being made in the dark? They're for him.
Some people will revel in this warm front of innocence; others will reach for their Voltaire.
[Gleeson] fully embodies Tim's affability, and the chemistry between him and Rachel is lovely. But even better is his chemistry with his on-screen dad, Bill Nighy.
"It's just so overflowing with ideas and characters that the main point it's trying to make nearly eludes it."
The film matures from a mere romcom into something older and wiser, as Tim and his dad have some heart-to-hearts that end up becoming lessons for all of us in how to live.
Audience Reviews for About Time
Not your typical romcom, relying on a time travel fantasy element. This film is well acted and charming, with a surprisingly profound message. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The soundtrack is spectacular and the plot so warm and delightful that it makes us want to simply forget the few missteps that pop up here and there along the way - and it is also surprisingly touching for a film that wants so much to sound profound and be a life lesson.
The stain of formulism and growing sappiness can't make up for an initially interesting coming of age story. Nevertheless, I wish I'd seen more romantic comedies that had one bit of writer/director Richard Curtis' amusing, charming and mature view on life and relationships, rather than the usual parade of clichés, scatological humour and general shallowness. He aims high... and fails, but at least he tries, and the passion of everyone involved in the project can be easily spotted.
About Time Quotes
|Tim's Mother:||Its very bad for a girl to be too pretty. It stops her developing a sense of humor, or even a personality.|
|Uncle D.:||My buttplug itches!|
|Tim's Father:||No, I never said we could fix things. I specifically never said that. Life's a mixed bag, no matter who you are. Look at Jesus: he was the son of a God, for God's sake and look how that turned out.|
|Tim's Father:||I'd only give one piece of advice to anyone marrying. We're all quite similar in the end. We all get old and tell the same tales too many times. But try and marry someone kind. And this is a kind man with a good heart.|
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