A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that About Time is a sweet comic romance with a time travel element that shows characters with strong family ties, who are interested in settling down and raising new families. Though there's no nudity, sex is an issue; characters often talk about or think about sex, and we see couples in bed after presumed sex. Language is also fairly strong, with several uses of "f--k," some uses of "s--t," and one use of this phrase: "oh my assing God." The main character's sister is described as being in an abusive relationship and has a drinking problem. She gets into a drunk driving accident, and is shown in the hospital with some scratches and bruises.
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Talk to your kids about ...
- Families can talk about the movie's attitude toward sex. Do characters seem more interested in casual sex or in establishing deeper connections? How does this message differ from traditional Hollywood movies?
- What would you do if you had time travel powers like Tim's? Would you help others?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the family relationships in the movie? How are we supposed to feel about the family?
- In theaters: November 1, 2013
- On DVD or streaming: February 4, 2014
- Cast: Bill Nighy, Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams
- Director: Richard Curtis
- Studio: Universal Pictures
- Genre: Romance
- Topics: Magic and fantasy, Brothers and sisters
- Run time: 123 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: language and some sexual content
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