About Time

He contemplated a future ruined by poor fashion choices.
He contemplated a future ruined by poor fashion choices.

Tim has grown up in the sort of endearingly kooky upper-middle-class family that only exists in Richard Curtis films. Tim also talks like Hugh Grant. No, I mean exactly like Hugh Grant.

On Tim’s 21st birthday his father (Bill Nighy, of course) takes him to one side and explains that the men in the family can time-travel to an earlier point in their life just by going into a dark room and clenching their fists. So it’s amazing Tim hasn’t discovered this by accident during a bout of constipation. “But,” warns his father*, “don’t go looking for internal logic.”

The characters are all white and mostly lack development, and this romantic comedy does tread the same, over-familiar ground as Love Actually and Notting Hill, but Mr Curtis can still write witty dialogue. 6/10

*Not really, though he should.

Released October 17, 2013.

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