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About Time


Year: 2013 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Richard Curtis 
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy  
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From director of Love Actually Richard Curtis, do not be mistaken in thinking that About Time is your quintessential romantic comedy, neither is it in the vein of your typical science-fiction. About Time is a charming and heartwarming film about love and the sublime joys of everyday life.

On turning 21, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he has inherited the exceptional genetic gift of time travel, an ability he intends to use in getting a girlfriend, and it is in the process that Tim realizes his unique gift does not exempt him from the turmoil and upheaval of both love and loss. However, the time travel device acts as a vehicle for the film�s moral message, whilst serving to establish a philosophical perspective which the audience is bound to take with them long after the film has finished: to appreciate every day as it comes.

About Time is a witty and intelligent film of surprising depth, with the poignant on-screen relationship between Tim and his steady, loving father (Bill Nighy) deserving particular mention. Moreover, Tim and Mary�s (Rachel McAdams) delightful yet honest relationship captivates and endears you from the very first instance. There are some infrequent plot inconsistencies, yet this does not distract from the refreshing perspective About Time takes on the human condition. Overall, Richard Curtis does a fine job of balancing comedy and drama, promoting a subtle sentiment that is neither contrived nor forced.

Hope Priddle

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Screenings of this film:

2013/2014 Spring Term (digital)
2023/2024 Spring Term (digital)