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"PROJECT ALMANAC"
(2015) (Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D'Elia) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Mild
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Moderate
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Sci-Fi: A group of teens must contend with the ramifications of finding plans for a time machine, building the device, and then traveling back in time.
PLOT:
David Raskin (JONNY WESTON) is a high school senior and science whiz who's just been accepted to MIT, much to the joy of his mom and younger, high school age sister, Chris (GINNY GARDNER). David's buddies and fellow geeks Adam (ALLEN EVANGELISTA) and Quinn (SAM LERNER) are happy for him as well, but the problem is that MIT's offer only comes with $5,000 in financial aid. Needing a way to make a money-generating impression, David goes through his late father's scientific papers in the attic. While doing so, Chris discovers an old video camera that shows footage of David's seventh birthday, the last time they saw their dad alive.

But the shocking thing is that in a couple of frames of the video, David believes he spots a mirror reflection of his current self at that birthday party a decade ago. They and Adam and Quinn eventually come to believe that their father, working with DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), was developing a time machine, and decide to try and build it via his plans that they discover in his old basement lab, along with a temporal displacement engine that just needs enough power to work.

That results in them eventually using the batteries in the hybrid car driven by Jessie (SOFIA BLACK-D'ELIA), the girl at school with whom David is quite smitten. Accordingly, she ends up seeing their experiment work on a small scale. And noting that they have video proof that they already successfully traveled back in time, she convinces them to try it on themselves. With the limited power ability to only go back three weeks in time, they decide to win the lottery, get revenge on a classmate who's been bullying Chris, and get a better chemistry class grade for Quinn.

But a trip back to Lollapalooza changes everything in that David realizes he blew his chance to kiss Jessie. Breaking their rules about always traveling as a group, David goes back to that event, kisses her, and returns to the present to discover that she's his girlfriend. But he also learns that these temporal jumps have resulted in dire ripple effects due to the various changes in the past. From that point on, he goes back and tries to fix them, unaware that doing so is only going to make things worse.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Since high school students are the main characters, it's possible it might entice the same crowd, especially if they're into time travel movies.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For some language and sexual content.


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