About Time Tuesday, 31 March 2020

About Time

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    Ticks along.

  • Starring:

    Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson, Lindsay Duncan, Richard Cordery, Joshua McGuire, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Will Merrick, Vanessa Kirby, Tom Hughes

  • Directed by:

    Richard Curtis

  • Running time:

    123 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), R (USA)


    Vehicle collision, drink-driving. People are punched, kicked, hit with objects. Objects accidentally knocked over, a woman falls down. Comic references to killing, death. Screaming. Fraud mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody thumb, cuts, bruising, butterfly bandages.


    A couple have implied bedroom sex. Kissing, flirting, ogling. Frequent comic references to prostitution, sex, sex acts (slang and actual terms used). Oral sex, brothel mentioned. NUDITY: Exposed breasts (photograph). A couple is frequently seen in bed together (no genitals seen, full nudity implied). Men/women in underwear, lingerie, nightwear, swimwear. Undressing. Gusts of wind blow dresses up to reveal underwear. Skimpy clothing, loose-fitting clothing, cleavage.


    Alcohol (wine, beer, champagne, spirits, saké), inebriation. A painting of a man holding a cigarette is seen.


    F-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling, slang terms for male genitals, sexual-themed slang. Derogatory terms for women, redheads. Gay/lesbian joke. Obscene finger gestures. Cultural, nationality, affluence, gender, marriage, tourist, mental disability stereotypes. Religious references and exclamations.


    Time travel, family, love, marriage, pregnancy, family secrets, moral dilemmas, New Year's Eve, cancer, death, alcoholism, weddings, the best man, parenting, father-son relationships, siblings, playwrights, theatre, Dans Le Noir? restaurant, rejection, lawyers, publishing.


    Deceased father/husband, marriage proposal. Estranged wife, daughter mentioned. Job losses, relationships separation mentioned. Church, wedding, hospital, courtroom settings. Dogs, cat (photo). Finger-licking. Some scenes set in darkness, enclosed spaces. Some mild strobe lighting, flash editing and shaky camerawork.


    Interesting, moving, profound, emotional, mature, smart, sweet, funny, thoughtful, fascinating, personal, comfortable, uplifting, memorable. Terrific cast, charming characters, pitch-perfect performances, intricately plotted, believable chemistry between leads, flattering use of light, celebrates life's simple joys.


    Bland, repetitive, overlong, saccharine. Too many montages, superfluous subplots, familiar character types, familiar material, abundance of jokes about prostitutes and Chinese people, underwritten female characters, laboured dialogue, twee soundtrack, veers off into weird territory toward end, shamelessly sentimental.

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