Tim Timmerman, Hope of America

Movie review by
Yvonne Condes, Common Sense Media
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Fairly tame high school comedy pays homage to '90s faves.
  • PG-13
  • 2017
  • 94 minutes

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age 12+
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Positive messages

Themes include humility, integrity and teamwork. Tim learns humility after he loses everything. There are many examples of working within a team, though not always for good. And Sydney works to help others.

Positive role models & representations

Tim is, frankly, a terrible role model -- but that's kind of the point. He's selfish and uses everyone around him, to the point of getting his friends into serious trouble. But he comes around at the end, after his misdeeds are uncovered. Monica is totally inappropriate with Tim, a student, including enacting jealous revenge. Sydney is a kind, hardworking girl who does the right thing. Mackenzie works hard and does her job, only to be constantly one-upped by Tim. Some stereotyping; not a ton of diversity.

Violence

A dead deer is dumped in a school entryway as a prank. Teens hunt each other with toy guns as part of a game. Tim rides on top of a car. Tim's nemesis appears in a nightmare with a knife and driving a car to run him down.

Sex

A school employee hits on Tim, puts an arm around him, and flirts. A teen couple makes out in the back of a van because the girl is trying to get information out of the boy. Kissing.

Language

Language includes "crap," "screwed," and "damn."

Consumerism

Products popular in the '90s and still available today are mentioned, like Tab and Disc-man.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Characters are shown about to smoke pot; pot is also referenced. Tim gets caught with pot; he's not arrested, but he's put on probation.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tim Timmerman, Hope of America is a cute (if predictable) homage to teen comedies of the '80s and '90s like Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Tim (Eddie Perino) is a charming, manipulative high school student from a small Utah town who's determined to get into Yale despite lacking the grades. He'll do anything to get there, no matter the cost -- even if it means losing those closest to him. There's a prank involving a dead deer, some pot use/references, inappropriate flirty behavior between an adult and a student, and mild swearing like "crap" and "damn." There are a few stereotypes and few real consequences for poor behavior, though Tim eventually does learn humility. Kids might like the high school humor, and parents might like reliving the '90s in this mostly harmless comedy.

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Kid, 12 years old March 5, 2017

Good for mature kids and teens

The movie was a very inspirational story about following your dreams, but still having fun. There was a questionable scene where a character starts making out w... Continue reading

What's the story?

In TIM TIMMERMAN, HOPE OF AMERICA, it's 1994, and Tim Timmerman (Eddie Perino) is a people-pleasing student body president at the high school in a small Utah town. Tim is determined to go to Yale, even though his grades aren't good enough for the Ivy League. When he realizes his ticket in is through Sydney (Chelsea Maidhof) the daughter of a senator (Laird Macintosh), he must find a way to get both father and daughter to like him.

Is it any good?

This comedy has all the ingredients of a classic teen movie -- charming hero, sweet girl he has to win over, and a good nemesis -- but it doesn't quite deliver. Tim's dream is to go to Yale and be the most successful person in his family, but he doesn't really do anything to make it happen other than tell everyone that it will. In fact, he does everything wrong, including getting busted with pot, hurting his best friend, and lying to Sydney to get to her successful dad. Yet you know that he'll still come out on top. Because there are no real consequences, there's no real emotional impact, which was what made movies like Ferris Bueller so great.

Still, while it's not Ferris, Tim Timmerman, Hope of America has its moments. There are some funny scenes involving a game in which the students have to hunt each other down with a Nerf-like gun, and Bill Clinton serves as a mentor in Tim's dreams. On the other hand, there are a few creepy moments involving a school administrator who hits on Tim and ends up turning on him in the end. Bottom line? Tweens and teens might like this glimpse of what their parents' high school years could have been like in the '90s, and parents will like the music, which includes songs by They Might Be Giants and Mazzy Star.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the messages in Tim Timmerman, Hope of America. What do you think the filmmakers want viewers to take away from watching? How can you tell?

  • How does Tim learn humility? Why is that an important character strength?

  • Tim thinks he can talk his way into getting anything he wants. Have you ever tried to talk your way out of a bad situation? What happened?

  • Talk about the way Tim treats his best friend. Have you ever had a friend take advantage of you? 

  • Are you familiar with the movies that Tim Timmerman pays homage to? What does it have in common with them? How is it different?

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