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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

Writer:

Richard Curtis
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Cast

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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In South Korea, more than 3 million people watched the movie, which made it a surprise hit there. 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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Featured in Ellie Goulding: How Long Will I Love You (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Back to Black
Written by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse
Performed by Amy Winehouse
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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a witty, intelligent, charming, sweet film with surprising depth and heart
21 September 2013 | by YJLcoolSee all my reviews

From the director of 'Love Actually', who is also the writer of 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', 'Bean', 'Notting Hill' and the 'Bridget Jones' films, it sure raises some expectations for this particular fantasy romantic comedy drama film about time travel.

Although it shares some similarities with 'The Time Traveler's Wife' (the same female lead actress, Rachel McAdams) and 'Groundhog Day', but rest assured, 'About Time' is a witty, intelligent, charming, sweet film with surprising depth and heart. The script was well written, the direction was great and the casts made a decent performance in their respective roles.

The film done a fine job in balancing the comedic and dramatic elements of the story, providing enough laughter and allowing it to flow smoothly without feeling too overly long despite its 2 hours running time.

Despite the time-traveling plot device, the story focuses on the father-son relationship of Tim and his dad and the lovely romantic relationship between Tim and Mary, without being too sappy, too overly lovey-dovey or too sentimental. The message or overall theme of the film about appreciating life as if it was your last was subtle and not too forceful or preachy.The selection of songs for the film was appropriate and not too overly done for the emotional scenes.The on-screen chemistry between Rachel and Domhnall are convincing enough for the audience to watch them going through life together. On the other hand, Domhnall and Bill, as father and son, their connection is felt throughout the film and certainly evoke some poignant memories when watching them together.

It's one of the best romantic comedies this year had to offer, better than the disappointing 'Time Traveler's Wife'. It's a great date movie that's not to be missed.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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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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