We're all traveling through time together, every day of our lives. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride. | About Time
My father is out of town, so naturally, Mom and I decided to spend the evening watching a chick-flick. OnDemand offered a few decent options, but in the end there were only two that caught my eye. Labor Day risked being a tad too heavy for our lighthearted moods, so About Time seemed like the next best choice.
Truth be told, I didn't expect to love this film based on its trailer, which paints a cute but rather unmemorable picture. Halfway throughout, however, I found myself completely invested in this insightful mess of a movie, delighted that my night wasn't being wasted on some run-of-the-mill sappy romance. (Not that I can't appreciate a good sappy romance every once in a while... I mean, it is ME we're talking about here, the girl who makes it a point to watch this tear-jerker at least once a year. But I digress.) On the contrary, I was smitten with the sincere story and charming characters right from the start. In fact, About Time has everything I could ever want in rom-com:
1. England, England, everything England.
2. a kindhearted boy with witty one-liners and an adorable accent.
3. a quirky main gal with short hair and a job in publishing (played by Rachel McAdams, a definite plus).
4. ginger babies.
5. a meaningful message that goes beyond the familiar true-love-inspired "happily ever after."
And so much more! There's not a lot I can say without spoiling it, but I do encourage everyone and their sister (or brother) to give this unconventional feel-good flick a chance. You may not be as obsessed with English accents or Rachel McAdams as I am, but it just might teach you something (or at least, make you smile).