Everyone has wondered: If a young, charming British man could time travel within his own life, what would he change?
Find out at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when Mesa Public Library screens “About Time” (2013, rated R) in the upstairs meeting room.
When Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) finds out from his father (Bill Nighy) that all the men in his family can travel back in time, he does what any respectable 21-year-old heterosexual male would do? He uses his new power to trick women.
Now, “trick” misrepresents somewhat what Tim aims to do. He’s no scoundrel. He only wants to fall in love, and be loved in return. But even so, I couldn’t help but cringe as he “replayed” various conversations, undergarment-removal difficulties, and acts of physical congress in order to better his performance.
His eventual wife (Rachel McAdams), after all, has to get it right the time, and never knows that the love of her life gets to cheat.
That being said, most of the “rom-com” antics take place in the first half of the movie.
The second half offers more interesting situations. Tim has the girl, but now he also has a family, a sibling for whom he feels responsible and aging parents. Life has become more complex, and so have the consequences of his secret excursions into the past.