(2013) (Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Sci-Fi/Romantic Dramedy: After he discovers he can travel back in time like the rest of the men in his family, a young man uses that gift in hopes of making a better life for himself.
- Tim (DOMHNALL GLEESON) is a 21-year-old lawyer who still lives at home with his Dad (BILL NIGHY), Mum (LINDSAY DUNCAN), somewhat eccentric sister, Kit Kat (LYDIA WILSON), and Uncle D (RICHARD CORDERY) who seems to be affected by the early stages of dementia. Following a disastrous New Year's Eve party where Tim failed to kiss a girl when given the chance, his dad informs him that all males in their family are able to travel back in time. Tim doesn't initially believe any of this, but takes advantage of this gift once he does by going back to that party and taking a different course of action.
He tries the same the following summer when his sister's pretty friend, Charlotte (MARGOT ROBBIE), comes to stay with them for a several month visit. Despite the new tool in his romantic arsenal, however, he's unable to get Charlotte to fall for him. After she leaves, Tim moves to London, gets a job working at a law firm with fellow barrister Rory (JOSHUA McGUIRE), and rents a room from caustic playwright Harry (TOM HOLLANDER).
While out for the night with his friend Jay (WILL MERRICK), Tim ends up meeting book publisher reader Mary (RACHEL McADAMS), but inadvertently scuttles their budding romance by going back in time to help fix a disastrous debut for Harry's new play. He finally gets her interested in him -- using information he gleans from additional encounters with her before heading back in time -- and they end up married and with a baby.
Over all of that time, Tim continues to use his gift for his advantage in various situations, as well as in hoping to help others. But in doing so, he learns that his travels have repercussions he wasn't expecting, while also learning that he can't or shouldn't fix everything.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- They might if they're fans of romantic comedies and/or are fans of anyone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language and some sexual content.
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