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  • 3.0

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  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter Stephen Dalton

    There are just enough laugh-out-loud moments here to excuse the lurches into shameless, tear-jerking sentimentality.

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  • 70

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    Variety Leslie Felperin

    Curtis ends up making a virtue out of the narrative’s episodic quality, a tendency that’s been criticized in his previous work; the film, like life, is just one damn thing after another, and that’s really the rather lovely point.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    What results is amusing, gently entertaining and might induce a tear or two.

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  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Gleeson and McAdams make a touching, lifelike couple, but by the time the movie starts telling us to live each day as if we were going back and doing it all over again, you may feel Curtis has mistaken hokum for wisdom.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Enjoy the love in your life, and don't squander it: That's all Curtis is selling here, really. With Gleeson and McAdams at the forefront, About Time has a beguiling pair of rom-com miracle workers helping him close the sale.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Sweet time travel rom-com with strong language, some sex.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that About Time is a sweet comic romance with a time travel element that shows characters with strong family ties, who are interested in settling down and raising new families. Though there's no nudity, sex is an issue; characters often talk about or think about sex, and we see couples in bed after presumed sex. Language is also fairly strong, with several uses of "f--k," some uses of "s--t," and one use of this phrase: "oh my assing God." The main character's sister is described as being in an abusive relationship and has a drinking problem. She gets into a drunk driving accident, and is shown in the hospital with some scratches and bruises.

  • Families can talk about the movie's attitude toward sex. Do characters seem more interested in casual sex or in establishing deeper connections? How does this message differ from traditional Hollywood movies?
  • What would you do if you had time travel powers like Tim's? Would you help others?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the family relationships in the movie? How are we supposed to feel about the family?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A man who is given the gift of time learns that it is precious, and that every moment spent with his loved ones counts. Love, family, and loyalty are all strong themes throughout. The idea that one can find beauty in the small moments of every day is reinforced.

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    Role models: The main character is a genuinely nice fellow,. He rarely abuses his time travel powers, and when he does it's in a sweet, funny way rather than in any way that hurts others. He is devoted to his family and demonstrates commitment to those he is closest to.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A character gets into a drunk driving accident that is not graphic. She is seen in the hospital with some scratches and bruises. It is also alluded to that her boyfriend may be abusive toward her, but nothing definitive is said or shown. Some angry arguments and a few comic punches.

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    Sex: The movie has no nudity, but characters definitely think about and talk about sex. The main character spends a summer obsessing over a pretty houseguest and hoping to sleep with her. He later meets the girl of his dreams on a date, and uses his time travel gift to have sex with her several times in one night though only a bit of kissing and the humorous aftermath is visible. He also kisses a girl at a New Year's Eve party. A woman's naked breasts are visible in a photo art exhibit.

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    Language: Language is very strong, despite the film's sweet nature. "F--k" is heard several times, as well as "s--t," and this phrase: "oh my assing God." A middle finger gesture is shown.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character's sister has a drinking problem that she overcomes. She is also said to be living with an abusive boyfriend who also has a drinking problem. She leaves that relationship and takes up with a nice guy. Otherwise, characters generally drink socially throughout the film, such as at dinner or at a New Year's Eve party.