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The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 14 August 2009 (USA)
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A romantic drama about a Chicago librarian with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage.

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When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveler, but she knows much more about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have already met. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences while time traveling - and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future - makes things ever more difficult for Clare. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, brief disturbing images, nudity and sexuality | See all certifications »

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$39,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,410,333 (UK) (14 August 2009)

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$63,411,478 (USA) (27 November 2009)
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This is the third movie in which Rachel McAdams stars as the love interest of a time traveler. The other ones are About time (2013), in which she played the titular wife to Domhnall Gleeson's character and Midnight in Paris (2011), in which she played the fiancée of Owen Wilson's character. See more »

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If Henry time-travels nude, he would not have lock picks. However, it is possible to pick locks with paper clips, hairpins, basically a couple of stiff wires. These are not particularly difficult to find. See more »

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[first lines]
Henry at Six: [giving up] I can't sing.
Annette DeTamble: That was fine, Henry.
Henry at Six: I can't sing like you.
Annette DeTamble: Of course not. You're supposed to sing like you.
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Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Written by Micheal Praetorius
Performed by Mycheal Danna
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Nicholas Sparks channels Rod Serling
2 September 2009 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

This was much better than expected. The premise seemed far-fetched, to put it mildly. But the movie worked on a number of different levels based on the screenplay, directing, beautiful cinematography, and acting, not just of the always captivating Rachel McAdams, but also the much underrated Eric Bana as the co-lead, and the rest of the supporting cast.

The basic plot is Eric Bana (Henry) is afflicted with being involuntarily sent through time. He has no control about the time or places where he is sent. At some point, he meets with Rachel McAdams (Clare), drops in and out of her life, they fall in love and marry. However, as one can easily imagine, the downsides of involuntary time travel takes its toll. The movie could have easily have spun out of control and ended up a total mess, but the movie actually works quite nicely.

The plot could be a collaborative effort of the late Rod Serling (of Twilight Zone fame) with bizarre, science fiction type plots and Nicholas Sparks, the author of countless sticky sweet love stories (i.e. – "The Notebook").

I liked this movie, but I realize this might not be everybody's cup of tea. I would say stick with it & you'll be glad you didn't give up & go see "Halloween II" across the hall (as I was tempted to do). I've seen them both. Believe me when I say "Time Traveler" is the better of the two.


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