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About Time (I) (2013)

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At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.



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Mary's Father - Fitz


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 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 ... Written by Universal Pictures

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A new funny film about love. With a bit of time travel. See more »


Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 November 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuestión de tiempo  »

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Box Office

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$1,076,250 (USA) (1 November 2013)


$15,294,553 (USA) (20 December 2013)

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The US release date is the same as director Richard Curtis' birthday (November 8th). See more »


In the ending credits, the recording artist Cat Power is mistakenly credited as "Cat Powers". See more »


[first lines]
Tim: I always knew we were a fairly odd family. First there was me. Too tall, too skinny, too orange. My mum was lovely, but not like other mums. There was something solid about her. Something rectangular, busy and unsentimental. Her fashion icon was the queen. Dad, well, he was more normal. He always seemed to have time on his hands. After giving up teaching university students on his 50th birthday, he was eternally available for a leisurely chat or to let me win at table tennis.
Tim: And ...
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Lived in Bars
Written by Cat Power (as Chan Marshall)
Performed by Cat Power
Courtesy of Matador Records
By arrangement with Beggars Group Media Ltd.
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One of the best films I've seen
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I loved this film. I perfect balance of story, humour and sincerity along with excellent acting and a wonderful cast. Even the soundtrack was superb. Not your average time travel movie. Very thought provoking and one which tugged at the old tear ducts in the best way. Some reviews complain about how it is like this or that film. No film is unique, and for sure there are similarities with other Richard Curtis films, but that is all. Plus to be compared to other great films is surely an honour. Forget about all that and enjoy what is a great film which will inspire you in ways you were not expecting. Thoroughly enjoyable and I'm already looking forward to going to see it again. That doesn't happen very often.

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