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Gem of a concept and excellent writing put much-needed spin on the rom-com See more (36 total) »


  (in credits order)

Emma Caulfield ... Oona O'Leary

John Patrick Amedori ... Mikey Evers

Scott Holroyd ... Brian

Kali Rocha ... Matchmaker Patty

Katherine Von Till ... Local News Anchor

Ho-Kwan Tse ... Scientist

Louise Claps ... Wife
Jason Berger ... Boyfriend

Gabrielle Dennis ... Girlfriend

Marques Ray ... Guy in Car
Sean C. Francis ... CEO (as Sean Francis)

Susan Ziegler ... Detractor

Christopher T. Wood ... Primetime News Anchor

Cristina Cimellaro ... TV Hostess
Forest Erickson ... Eric
Celene Lee ... Tammi

Michelle Borth ... Steph Depaul
Christine Joaquin ... Cindy
Jay Jay Ellis ... Priscilla

JoBeth Williams ... Marion Depaul
Sandra Marquez ... Luz Morales

Hayden McFarland ... Jesse Depaul
David Doty ... Matchmaker Ron

Tom Irwin ... Paul Depaul

Kelvin Yu ... Nelson
Joey Siara ... Retch
Noah Green ... Greggy
Matthew Eckel ... T.J.
Andy Siara ... Zuckerman (as Andrew Siara)
Donna Hardy ... Sadie (as Dona Hardy)

Mark Harelik ... Dr. Serious

John Ingle ... Dutch

Christopher May ... Guy
Ciro Suarez ... Eduardo Morales
Bianca Brockl ... Soledad Morales (as Bianca Ruiz Brockl)

Desmond Harrington ... Dan the Man

Nicki Norris ... Delphine

Muse Watson ... Rick O'Leary

Eric Jungmann ... Manager Larry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jason Berger ... Boyfriend (uncredited)
Lisa Faye Heggeness ... Pretty Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Jac Schaeffer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jac Schaeffer  written by

Produced by
Jennifer Glynn .... producer
Joshua Lee Huber .... associate producer
Rikki Jarrett .... producer
Kristin Mente .... line producer
Jac Schaeffer .... producer
Original Music by
Andrew Kaiser 
Cinematography by
Harris Charalambous 
Film Editing by
Peter Samet 
Casting by
Anya Colloff 
Amy McIntyre Britt 
Michael V. Nicolo 
Production Design by
Maya Sigel 
Art Direction by
Scott Enge 
Set Decoration by
Keren Kohen 
Costume Design by
Yasmine Abraham 
Makeup Department
Michelle Dallas .... assistant makeup artist
Yoko Nobushi .... key makeup artist
Keiko Wedding .... key makeup artist (as Keiko Sakamoto)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kyle Broom .... second assistant director
Morgan Elam .... second second assistant director
Joe Moore .... additional second assistant director
Jeremy Phoenix .... first assistant director
Lalida Sujjavasin .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Keren Kohen .... graphic designer
Robert J. Saferstein .... property master
Jim Simone .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Lee Ascher .... sound mixer
Joe Dzuban .... sound re-recording mixer / sound designer
Justin Dzuban .... dialogue editor
Tim D. Lloyd .... additional boom operator
Burnie Neal .... boom operator
George Pereyra .... sound effects editor
Thomas Popp .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
David Carriker .... digital effects supervisor: Modern Videofilm
Michael Carter .... flame artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Harris Charalambous .... camera operator
Marc Korgie .... lighting technician
Cedric Martin .... Steadicam operator
David E. May .... assistant camera
Robert McFall .... best boy grip
Justina Mintz .... still photographer
Kevin Mucha .... best boy electric
Jonathan Phail .... electrician
Michael Roy .... gaffer
Forrest Sandefer .... key grip
Alex Simon .... additional set lighting technician
Harry Souders .... set lighting technician
Marty Ulbrich .... additional set lighting technician
Wilson Weaver .... dolly grip
Bobby Woo .... set lighting technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Courtney Hess .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Bob Curreri .... colorist
Music Department
Jennifer Glynn .... music supervisor
Evan Rautiainen .... scoring mixer
Mark Robertson .... orchestra contractor
Tim Simonec .... conductor
Transportation Department
Coltinlovoy .... driver
Hector M. Gonzalez .... transportation coordinator
Chad Lovoy .... driver
Rick Lovoy .... transportation captain
Stevelovoy .... driver
Other crew
Renetta G. Amador .... script supervisor
Will Blanke .... production assistant
Michael Boisvert .... production assistant
Diane Collins .... script supervisor
Dean Galanis .... production assistant
Cédric Gonella .... distribution
Kevin Harrigan .... production assistant
Kevin Hindley .... script clearance
Kristen Hopkins .... craft service
Stevie Kloeber .... assistant production coordinator
Joseph Laraja .... production assistant
Paul Mocey-Hanton .... production assistant
Lila Nordstrom .... assistant production coordinator: prep
Andrea Reyes .... production coordinator
Ryan Christopher Taylor .... key set production assistant (as Ryan Taylor)
Kurt Volk .... title designer
David Williams .... assistant location manager
Michelle Faraone .... stand-in: JoBeth Williams (uncredited)
Sandra Condito .... special thanks
Oren Kaplan .... special thanks

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Rated R for language
USA:99 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 | USA:R (certificate #45876)

Did You Know?

Emma Caulfield also co-stars with the Timer matchmaker Kali Rocha in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) as demon friends who later become antagonists, much like their relationship in Timer.See more »
Continuity: When Ooona and Mikey are in the kitchen, at the end of the movie, she lays her head on his right shoulder. But when she wants to leave, her head lays on his left shoulder.See more »
[first lines]
Brian:Am I late?
Oona:Hi! No. Yes, 5 minutes, but who's counting.
Brian:We are, right?
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What is the song is playing while Oona is putting on make up?
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Gem of a concept and excellent writing put much-needed spin on the rom-com, 4 August 2010
Author: Movie_Muse_Reviews from IL, USA

Every romantic comedy could use a little injection of the originality of "TiMER." By far the most interesting love stories come from independent filmmakers these days and Jac Schaeffer's debut is another shining example. Sure, science-fiction concepts and love stories aren't exactly bread and butter, but "TiMER" opens up infinite possibilities for discussion about what true love really is while remaining lively, entertaining and sharply written.

The film revolves around a concept that's simple enough: what if you could find out the day you were to meet your soul mate just by having a timer installed on your wrist? If scientific implausibility bothers you, skip "TiMER," because the film operates on this assumption entirely. Former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actress Emma Caulfield stars as Oona, a woman on the verge of 30 but whose timer is useless because as it turns out, her supposed soul mate doesn't have one. Although her story is the main thread, there are numerous subplots that explore the various possibilities of the implications of such a device.

The greater question at hand then becomes "what if love lost all its predictability?" How would we choose to live our lives? Oona is a successful orthodontist who desperately wants to know who "the one" is. She's taken numerous guys she has met to get timers installed to see if they're him, but to no avail. Her frustration and the influence of her promiscuous stepsister Steph (Michelle Borth) whose timer won't go off until she's over 40 lead her to a fling with a younger guy named Mikey (John Patrick Amedori) whose timer has about four months left on it.

Much of the earlier drama is regarding the question of whether two people who have proof that they aren't meant for each other should become involved. This situation and many other hypotheticals that arise in the film are tough; we barely understand love as it exists in reality, so how can one expect Schaeffer to capture a totally made-up version of it? Even if there are some gaps, Schaeffer's clearly thought through all the possibilities of what relationship drama (that's also between family and friends) would look like in this society and it shows. Credit also belongs to Caulfield, who's forced to embody this "hypothetical" struggle internally and instantly jives with our sympathies.

Schaeffer's also a heck of a writer. Some studio would be wise to swoop her up to write romantic comedies (in part because she's a woman and there aren't enough of them writing rom-coms). There wasn't an ounce of dialogue that felt cliché, no jokes that didn't feel organic to the characters making them (namely Borth, who's excellent) or the situations they came from.

That brings us to the ending. I have to pity any writer who has to resolve a romantic comedy, especially one that challenges our perceptions as much as "TiMER." The need for a satisfying ending is more powerful with romance than any other genre and Schaeffer already has to be poignant because this is a high-concept film. She does well. It's a bit rough and she could make a better case for her decision, but at least we can take solace in the fact that it's not a giant cliché waiting to crack on our head. That, and the rest of the film (especially the themes and raised questions) was pretty darn good.

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This movie raises so many philisophical questions. jedi_knight05
The TiMER is MUCH bigger "technology" than the movie makes it seem... junk-349
So does the TiMER remove the concept of lust from this world? Questions. junk-349
Does the movie explain why Solidad had a Timer? bevans1289
I'm sure this has been asked before..but... glitterbee
Ending was completely unacceptable. sunfarer
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