And now for a wildly improbable romantic comedy recommendation.
Already a hit in its native England, "About Time" presents all sorts of small- and medium-sized problems threatening to upset writer-director
But the cast of "About Time" is effortlessly skillful, and the movie ends up working, as it happens, despite its fantasy element, not because of it. On his 21st birthday, ordinary young Tim, played by Domhnall Gleeson, learns from his blithely eccentric father (
"About Time" gives her a worthy one in Gleeson. The mode of time-traveling transport here is straight out of C.S. Lewis; if, for example, he bungles a
I mentioned "Love Actually" earlier. That's a film I actively dislike (I love Curtis' script for "Four Weddings and a Funeral," though). Some will feel similarly disinclined toward the conceits and strategies of "About Time." For me, the actors save it, and make the most of it, among them Tom Hollander as the world's most hostile successful playwright; Richard Cordery as the world's dottiest addlebrained uncle; and Lydia Wilson as Tim's sister, a magnet for bad relationships and for Curtis' most ruthless sentimental pathos.
Enjoy the love in your life and don't squander it: That's all Curtis is selling here really. With Gleeson and McAdams at the forefront, "About Time" has a beguiling pair of rom-com miracle workers helping him close the sale.
MPAA rating: R for language and some sexual content.
Running time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
Playing: ArcLight Hollywood, Landmark Theaters, West Los Angeles – still confirming ---