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TiMER (2010)

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67

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Life doesn't offer many guarantees, but in the alternate universe of writer-director Jac Schaeffer's feature debut, the romantic comedy TiMER, people can get a digital clock implanted on their wrist that counts down to the second they meet "the one." It even sounds a little alarm the first time two soul mates look into each other's eyes. The device is not working too well for Oona (Emma Caulfield, who played Anya on Buffy the Vampire Slayer), because her TiMER is blank. That means her soul mate,

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Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Jun 22, 2010

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Some of Ms. Schaeffer's plot twists are easy to guess, but everyone's enjoyable to watch.

May 14, 2010
New York Times
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TiMER never rises above the level of a sitcom. All that's missing is the laugh track.

May 14, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The lukewarm female talk occasionally grates and the men are portrayed as mind-numbingly simplistic, but on the whole this cyber-Cupid exercise is surprisingly affecting.

May 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Make time for this one.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A romcom is a romcom, however, and at least this one's more charming than most of Jennifer Aniston's career.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comment (1)
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Jac Shaeffer plays around with the ideas of time and relationships like a malevolent matchmaker, finding plenty of laugh-out loud laughs in the process.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

For all its low budget shortcomings, TiMER has a scruffy charm you just can't buy.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

Despite its far-fetched premise Jac Schaeffer's debut feature has a surfeit of low-budget, high-concept indie charm and an adorable lead in Emma Caulfield

July 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comments (2)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

While sex and science fiction make for strange bedfellows, TiMER takes up this peculiar but intriguing hybrid challenge, perfecting product predictability in romance in a consumer society already fixated on a warranty for nearly everything else in life.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

TiMER is not only predicated on a ridiculous premise, but one with a surprisingly muddled message.

May 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for TiMER

"What's the point in continuing without a guarantee?"

A device that tells you the exact amount of time it will be until you meet your soulmate seems to be the perfect answer for heartbreak and uncertainty, but it only causes problems for Oona, who has yet to have her timer begin to count down (because the person she is meant to be with, whoever they may be, has yet to get one). This frustration and loneliness leads her to begin a casual relationship with a young man whose timer countdown is set to end in just a few months. A fairly interesting tale unravels from this setup, that brings up questions of destiny and what's better, the person who is right for us or the person we choose.

A novel premise and thoughtful script from a modern romantic drama? AND a likable protagonist that's not the same caricature we've seen a thousand times (Emma Caulfield gets total credit for pulling that off)? I genuinely liked TiMER, for those reasons and others.

This isn't my usual kind of movie, but it's so well made that I enjoyed it. Genre fans will like it even more.
April 2, 2012
lewiskendell

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Charming. Cute. Enjoyable.
July 13, 2011
itsjustme2004

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Genuinely sweet and irrevocably well plotted, Timer is one of those indie comedies that get you unlike its big budgeted star studded counterparts. The impressive Emma Caulfield (Buffy) takes the lead in a future where timers tell you when you will meet your soul mate. The film is made up of well placed humor, superb performances, even of the supporting actors, and a premise that not only has promise but holds water throughout. There are many twists and turns, completely unforeseeable from the trailer and descriptions of the film. It's not a sci-fi film by any means, substituting any futuristic inquiries for more of a parallel universe or fantasy world, completely believable if you have willing suspense of disbelief. There were laugh out loud moments and heartbreaking ones, technology's stance overwhelming the main character, which is relatable as a thirty-something whose biological clock ticks in synchronicity with the timer on her wrist. With an intriguing subplot and room for our own interpretation of the ending, TiMER only disappoints the crowd with their own conceptions of how this film should end. Many people wanted romantic fluff, but TiMER is beyond its parameters of what a usual indie comedy allows, and therefore is not for the feeble of heart.
July 13, 2011
FrizzDrop

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Very original idea for a romantic comedy. Enjoyed this. Cannot understand the reviews saying it was boring! I guess if you are bored by romantic comedies in general, then watching this is not going to do a lot for you, but if you tend to like them, this is an excellent one!
The story here is that they have invented a timer bracelet which can tell you the exact moment you meet "the one" and exactly how long you have to wait in hours and days before that happens. Oona, played nicely by Emma Caulfield, is nearly 30, and hers is yet to register any numbers at all. Either meaning there is no "the one" for her, or he is yet to have the bracelet implanted.
She becomes involved with the much younger Mikey, (John Patrick Amedori), who is a check out guy at a supermarket and also plays in an unsuccessful rock band. The two of them really look nice together, age difference be damned, could hardly blame her for falling for him. Mikey has the bracelet, but is registering a time four months down the track, meaning Oona is not his destined one. I don't want to spoil this by giving too much away, but this was a really intelligent and interesting little rom com.
I was a little disappointed by the ending, you will understand what I mean once you have seen it, but it did appear to have a happy ending of sorts and you get the impression all works out okay. Not the way I was hoping it would go, but nevertheless, not a bad outcome.
January 2, 2011
romy861

Super Reviewer

    1. Mikey: See, that's what's stupid about the timer. It's that you have one path and you can't take detours. I mean, life is about detours.
    – Submitted by Jessica C (16 months ago)
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