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About Time trailer: Rachel McAdams is the time traveler’s girlfriend

Really? Time-travel as a comedic dodge for manipulating women into thinking that you’re not a complete idiot?

So awesome.

Also awesome: a 30something woman who has to hide the fact that she’s living with a guy from her parents, who apparently presume she’s a child.

Guess how much I’m looking forward to this. Go on, guess.


US/Canada release date: Nov 8 2013 | UK release date: Sep 4 2013
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  • Danielm80

    Really? Time-travel as a comedic dodge for manipulating women into thinking that you’re not a complete idiot?

    Wasn’t that the plot of Groundhog Day?

    I mean, there was also stuff about finding your purpose in life and making the most of the time that you have. But this movie was written by Richard Curtis, so I’m hoping it will have some more substance to it as well.

  • There was a *helluva* lot more to Groundhog Day.

    Maybe there will be more to this film than that. But if there is, it’s notable that *this* is the crap they use to try to sell it.

  • dkimmel

    What exactly are you objecting to? This is a movie I am eagerly looking forward to, first because it’s Richard Curtis, and second because the cast includes Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy. So the guy is a bit of a dolt. So what? How is this sexist or “manipulating women?” He’s TRYING to get it right. There are many times where you call out sexism in movies when you get it right. This isn’t one of them.

  • GROUNDHOG DAY was more about Time travel as a comedic way for convincing a woman you’re not a complete idiot anymore.

    If we must frame it that way.

  • singlestick

    The IMDB description of this film implies shades of “Groundhog Day,” but more of a farce, and more focused on the romantic designs of the protagonist, something that recurs in Richard Curtis’ work. Or, more pithy, “Four Weddings and a Funeral” meets “Groundhog Day.” It might be fun or a mess, but I don’t get a vibe of mean-spiritedness in Curtis’ past work, so I am not quite getting alarm bells of manipulation or nastiness here. I am mildly curious about the film, since I like the cast.

  • Dani

    In the first trailer, he keeps going back to the first time they slept together to do it better, I guess, but I feel like that brings up issues of consent. Like, once he time travels, he’s not the same person that she intended to sleep with before. (And he’s sort of sleeping with her many more times than she agreed to?) And every time he changes a timeline, he’s killing a version of her. Just a little bit of thought makes it very much not a light-hearted subject.

  • RogerBW

    I couldn’t get this particular video, so I looked on youtube instead, where I found both the American and the international trailers. The latter puts more emphasis on the risks of time travel; the former on the getting-a-girl.

    Even looking at the intersection of them, it does seem to me that this is yet another story about woman as videogame. You don’t like what happens, you go back to your last save and play again until you get the result you’re looking for, because goodness knows women are black boxes who run by their own mysterious rules and you can never actually talk to them like human beings. Curtis has been good before, but right now Love, Actually (which managed to subvert a whole bunch of romcom tropes and let its characters be interesting people) is the only reason I’d be looking at this at all.

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