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On his 21st birthday, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) learns he has a genetic pre-disposition for time travel. With guidance from his father (Bill Nighy), he sets out to use his powers to find love. He quickly finds out that being able to "fix" your mistakes and smooth out the bumpy moments in life isn't always a guarantee of happiness. Then he meets Mary (Rachel McAdams) in a blackout restaurant, and the choices he makes about his life, and the lives of those around him, become more complicated and sometimes heartbreaking.

While time-travel is the main premise of the film, the story is really about family, relationships, and the how the choices we make impact our lives. Fortunately, writer/director Richard Curtis does character driven movies really well (Love Actually, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones' Diary), and About Time is no exception. Gleeson manages to distinctly play his character at different stages of maturity over a decade of life. He navigates the burden of his character's gift with an awkward grace that is both relatable and charming. And Nighy 's role as Tim's father provides some achingly beautiful moments between father and son.

How would you change your life, if you could travel back in time?

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