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At the age of 21, Tim is told an incredible family secret by his father: all the men in his family have the ability to relive their past. He can revisit any moment in his life to try things differently until he gets them perfectly right. He decides to use his special new gift to win the heart of the beautiful Mary, but finds that the course of true love can be hilariously difficult - even with the ability to try, try and try again. About Time is a romantic comedy about love, life and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.

Starring:
Margot Robbie, Tom Hollander
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

About Time

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 3 minutes
Starring Margot Robbie, Tom Hollander, Vanessa Kirby, Bill Nighy, Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Rowena Diamond
Director Richard Curtis
Genres Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 4 April 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 3 minutes
Starring Margot Robbie, Tom Hollander, Vanessa Kirby, Bill Nighy, Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Rowena Diamond
Director Richard Curtis
Genres Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 4 April 2014
Main languages English

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Campobello on 2 Aug 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw the trailer film on Youtube, which got my attention. It looked so promising that I thought it was going to be the best film of the year. Brilliantly edited, the trailer promised a comedy but a thought-provoking, poignant one. My imagination ran wild with anticipation. A story involving time travel, girl-found girl-lost, father-son relationship... Could it be that the main character would be forced to choose between losing his father and a chance to meet the girl of his life?

Alas, the feature film was a let down - mainly down to the script. Wonderfully cast and shot, I think it missed an opportunity to be the best film that I wanted it to be, because it dragged on for too long. I am fine having twists and turns as it adds texture to a story, but in this film they were an unnecessary distraction. The intention may have been to show just how random the events that unfold in life can be, but it smacked of self-indulgence on the part of the script writer.

Having said this, as a fun film to spend two hours watching, you can do a lot worse than this.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Miss S. M. Hall on 21 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I'm not a Richard Curtis fan at all. I liked 4 Weddings but that was the beginning and end of my interest in foppish leading men and infeasibly attractive women locked in predictably mad situations. However, this film has remedied my Curtis lethargy, in a big way. Both the leads are lovable and likeable and just awkward enough to feel real. All the supporting cast are great, especially sister Kit Kat and Harry the writer. The story is silly - time travel of all things! But really it's just a beautiful love story, about family and life, and love. Yet it's funny and wry and clever and quick and lots of other great things.

But the absolute his best thing about this film is it's got an unashamedly big stonking heart and I loved it for that.

Will recommend and will watch again.
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171 of 187 people found the following review helpful By GrahamG on 7 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
(Based on a cinema viewing of the film)

So:- It's Richard Curtis: let's go through the checklist:

-The main protagonist will be a romantically inept posh British boy whose seemingly work-shy bohemian family are nonetheless inexplicably well off.

-The ultimate object of his affections will be a lovely American girl whose best friend / guardian is a rather hard and slightly trampy British girl.

-There will be a wider array of eccentric (borderline bonkers) characters.

-There will be more swearing than is ever necessary.

-All boxes ticked.

Can I be honest? I thought Four Weddings and Love Actually were just agreeable, not great, and I've always been irritated by how, in British films and Richard Curtis films in particular, swearing supposedly equals funny - so my expectations were not very high when we settled down in our seats about five minutes before the film started in the cinema - and then a group of mid to late teens trooped in and sat down in the seats in front of us, and I instinctively (and very unreasonably) assumed that this was not the sort of film which would suit them and that they would get bored and start fiddling with their mobile phones all the way through the film.

Well, I could not have been more wrong. Until the end credits rolled and the final notes of the end title music washed over us, we, they, and everyone else sat with attention riveted to the screen.

Before you continue reading, be aware that what follows contains a brief sketch of the film's premise and outlines the story set-up (but not the middle or the ending) for those who know absolutely nothing about it, but would like to know a little about it before choosing to buy it or see it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerry O'D on 4 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
I didn't enjoy this one much. There's no story here, no central idea to hold it together. Awkward posh bloke meets girl.

WAVY LINE *SPOILER WARNING* /WAVYLINE

He gets girl quite early on in the story. They get married and have kids. You start to yawn. For someone so enamoured of Hollywood, I would have expected Curtis's screenplays to be doing the set ups and payoffs you get in mainstream Hollywood comedy. These are difficult things to do, for sure, but without them the whole exercise borders on arduous. Time travel is a mystical and beautiful idea - and Curtis seems to reduce it to a guy jumping into a cupboard and puffing his cheeks every time he makes a faux-pas. Which is often, since his part seems to have been written for a young Hugh Grant.

The first half hour or so is excellent and has some good touches - the scene in the lightless restaurant (which exists in real life) is good. The flat owned by the grumpy playwright has detailed authenticity. Grumpy Playwright is played brilliantly by Tom Hollander. But it really, badly loses its way after that. A lot of it looks like a John Lewis advert - no bad thing, cos John Lewis do great adverts. But the difference is the latter only last two minutes maximum. There is no storyline dynamic here. Some heavy themes pop up briefly - but like in Love Actually, there's no tension between them and the fun bits - it's like they're a quick reminder that life isn't all about unicorns, cupcakes and first kisses.

This should have been a three or four part (high budget) BBC or HBO mini series. This isn't meant in a pejorative way at all. Curtis hasn't made a cinema great with this one (despite a good enough premise) and needs to think about other ways to get maximum bang for his British pound.
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