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About Time (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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Richard Curtis

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Richard Curtis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Domhnall Gleeson ... Tim
Rachel McAdams ... Mary
Bill Nighy ... Dad
Lydia Wilson ... Kit Kat
Lindsay Duncan ... Mum
Richard Cordery ... Uncle D
Joshua McGuire ... Rory
Tom Hollander ... Harry
Margot Robbie ... Charlotte
Will Merrick ... Jay
Vanessa Kirby ... Joanna
Tom Hughes ... Jimmy Kincade
Clemmie Dugdale Clemmie Dugdale ... Ginger Jenny
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Rupert
Mitchell Mullen ... Mary's Father, Fitz
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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 ... Written by Universal Pictures

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


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

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Tim describes his mother more like a Bernard than a Mary. Richard Curtis always tries to include a Bernard character in his movies. The inspiration comes from Bernard Jenkin, the Tory MP for North Essex and former shadow defence secretary. Mr Jenkin's wife is a former girlfriend of Richard Curtis. See more »

Goofs

Tim's father tells him that he is unable to travel back in time to before the birth of his children because doing anything slightly differently would result in a different sperm at a different moment, resulting in a different child. However, this means that Tim would be unable to travel back past the conception of his children, not their births.

This entry is not a valid "Goof". The changes made to sperm producing "Girl Posy" mattered, as Tim had already loved and "knew" Posy. She had a history and personality that Tim was not willing to change. Tim visiting his father before the 3rd child's birth does not negate the reliance of that plot point, though. Tim's last visit with his Dad takes place before #3's birth. As such there is no ingrained gender or personality for Tim to fear losing. Yes, it could alter the baby, but not in any way noticeable to Tim. See more »

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Tim: [voiceover] 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 ...
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Soundtracks

How Long Will I Love You
Written by Mike Scott
Performed by Jon Boden (vocals, guitars, mandolins, fiddle), Ben Coleman (electric violin), Nick Laird-Clowes (acoustic guitar), Sam Sweeney (fiddle)
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One of the best films I've seen
28 September 2013 | by beardfaceduncanSee all my reviews

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,076,250, 3 November 2013

Gross USA:

$15,322,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,100,449
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2.35 : 1
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