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About Time

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sweet time travel romcom with strong language, some sex.

Movie R 2013 123 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 16+

Some of the tropes it leans on don't work well

It starts off a bit ridiculous but then it comes down from the awkward Brit guy trying to get a girlfriend and moves into a more grounded terrain...and that is where it gets interesting. Although we are supposed to believe McAdams is the love of his life that he keeps a major secret from the film tries to reveal how a life that you appreciate is a life worth living.
age 15+

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Is It Any Good?

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This is a low-key and heartwarming entertainment. One of our finest comedy writers, Richard Curtis worked on beloved British TV shows like Mr. Bean and Black Adder before making a splash in movies with Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones's Diary. His directorial debut was the wonderful Love Actually. But as he continued directing, it became clear that he did not grasp brevity; all of his films run over two hours. Moreover, in addition to being precious about his material, Curtis has also become precious about his characters; nobody in ABOUT TIME is really tested in any serious way. The movie goes easy on them. But aside from that, the characters are really loveable and their relationships are delightfully old-fashioned and touching. Bill Nighy in particular gives a wonderful performance. Neither the father-son story nor the love story is given more weight, and the time travel aspect never takes over. (It's also refreshingly free of visual effects.)

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