About Time

Synopsis: At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time... The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he's never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again-and again-but finally, after a lot of cunning time-traveling, he wins her heart. Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to g
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Director(s): Richard Curtis
Production: Universal Pictures
  3 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
123 min

I always knew we

were a fairly odd family.

First there was me.

Too tall. Too skinny.

Too orange.

My mum was lovely,

but not like other mums.

There was

something solid about her.

Something rectangular,

busy and unsentimental.

Her fashion icon was the Queen.

Dad, well, he was more normal. He always

seemed to have time on his hands.

After giving up teaching university

students on his 50th birthday,

he was eternally available

for a leisurely chat or

to let me win at table tennis.


And then there was Mum's

brother, Uncle Desmond.

Always impeccably dressed. He

spent the days just, well,

being Uncle Desmond.

He was the most charming and least

clever man you could ever meet.

His mind was on other things,

though we never found out what.

And then,

finally there was Catherine.

Katie. Kit Kat. My sister.

In a household of sensible jackets

and haircuts there was this,

well, what can I call her,

nature thing.

With her elfin eyes, her purple

T-shirts and her eternally bare feet,

she was then,

and still is to me,

about the most wonderful

thing in the world.

All in all, it was a pretty good childhood.

Full of repeated rhythms and patterns.

By the time I was 21,

we were still

having tea on the beach

every single day.

Skimming stones and

eating sandwiches,

summer and winter,

no matter what the weather.

And every Friday evening,

a film,

no matter what the weather.

And then once a year, the

dreaded New Year's Eve party.

Yeah, I might just get one.

You're absolutely gorgeous.

I'm Katie. What am I drinking?

This is very expensive stuff.

Cheers. Cheers.

Come on, it's nearly midnight.

We're all going through.

We're going through.

Look, I've gotta find you a...


Everyone makes little mistakes.

It's fine. Come on.

6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year.


And so I woke up

the next morning,

hung-over, ashamed of myself,

and not realising

it was the day

that would change

my life forever.

Get up, stupid.

Dad wants you.

Hello. Sexy pyjamas.

Tim, come in.


sit down.

That's very formal.

Well, um, yeah.

This is an odd moment for me

because I had

the same moment with my

father when I'd just

turned 21, and after it,

my life was never the same, so I

approach it pretty, um, nervously.


When you're ready.

It's all very mysterious.


Tim, my dear son, the...

The simple fact is

the men in this family

have always had

the ability to...

This is going to sound strange,

be prepared for strangeness.

Get ready for spooky time,

but there's this family secret.

And the secret is that

the men in the family can

travel in time.

Well, more accurately,

travel back in time.

We can't travel

into the future.

This is such a weird joke.

?t's seriously not a joke.

So you're saying that you and

granddad, and his brothers

could all travel back in time?


And you still do? Absolutely.

Although it's not as dramatic as it sounds.

It's only in my own life.

I can only go to places where I

actually was and can remember.

I can't kill Hitler or shag

Helen of Troy, unfortunately.

Okay, stop.


if it's true, which it isn't.

Although it is.

Although it isn't, obviously. But if

it was, which it's not. Which it is.

Which it isn't.

But if it was, how would I...

The ?'How?' is

the easy bit, in fact.

You go into a dark place,

big cupboards are

very useful generally.

Toilets, at a pinch.

Then you clench

your fists like this.

Think of the moment

you're going to

and you'll find yourself there.

After a bit of a stumble

and a rumble and a tumble.

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Richard Curtis

Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE (born 8 November 1956) is a New Zealand-born English screenwriter, producer and film director. One of Britain's most successful comedy screenwriters, he is known primarily for romantic comedy films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill, and Love Actually, as well as the hit sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean and The Vicar of Dibley. He is also the co-founder of the British charity Comic Relief along with Lenny Henry. more…

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