What would life be like if we could travel back in time and relive and correct our mistakes, gaffes and social ineptitudes? Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) learns he has this ability on his 21st birthday, and he uses it to help himself get a better life. Specifically, he uses his ability to find and keep a girlfriend, Mary (portrayed by Rachel McAdams).
About Time was written and directed by Richard Curtis, who also wrote and directed another of my favorite movies, Love Actually. His screenplays generally include eccentric, but lovable family members and friends, and About Time doesn’t disappoint on this count. I had some reservations about this movie because in the previews, Tim is a gawky, ginger-haired nerd and I wondered what Mary (Rachel McAdams) saw in him; the movie deals well with this issue. Seeing About Time is an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon or evening.
Also, if you are concerned about the R rating, in my mind, this movie didn’t deserve it. It was really more of a PG-13 movie.