About Time: Living For Regrets

Recently, POPSUGAR gave me an opportunity to preview an upcoming film, About Time by Richard Curtis (you may remember his films, Love, Actually or Four Weddings and a Funeral?), a little before the release date. Screening films is one of the thing I miss the most from  the time I spent working as an A&E Editor at a newspaper. Free movies?! And my opinion is important enough to publish? A cheap ego’s dream. Not only that, I was pleased to find out (after I obviously jumped on this opportunity) that the movie was actually quite adorable.

About Time is a film (opening November 8) about a guy who realizes at a confusing point in life, age 21., that he can control time. As in, linear time, the timelines that we live and exist in right now and five minutes ago and a year ago and ten years ago – he’s got the time clock inside of him, and can control it down to the minute. Yeah. No big deal.

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While that’s fabulous and has all of the potential to turn you into a power-crazy super-villain, it also brings up the question of whether it’s the perfect or imperfect moments that make life beautiful and exciting. With that in mind, if you had the ability to go back and change select moments in your life… would you?

For instance, Tim, the main character, experiments with this newfound opportunity to correct foibles by doing important stuff like… using it to get a girlfriend. This leads to his various trials (&, oh, the errors) with things like kissing the girl he didn’t kiss, saying the right thing at the right time, and creating the perfect proposal. But ultimately, a squeaky, shiny life isn’t all it seems to be from the outside. The grass is definitely greener on the not-ridiculously-awkward side of the fence.

As for me, I can’t say that I would ever dream of changing any moment I’ve experienced. The times I have the clearest, most smile-inducing memories about are the ones where, when they were happening, I was fairly sure that, at the present time, I was ruining my life. I have a penchant for bad decisions and have a few pretty impressive ones under my belt. I honestly wouldn’t give them back for one second. They are not only the most humiliating and hilarious of the life experience stories I have to tell, but they are also the most humbling, and when you’re as cool as I am, you really need to have something to keep you in check. (Like that one time you went to meet a first date at their car and instead flung open the door of someone else’s car, said “HAAY LET’S GO,” attempted to get into the car and upon realizing that was a poor choice, dented their door on the curb while your date watched.)

…And I wouldn’t remember that 15 second moment at all if I hadn’t supremely fucked it up and lived to laugh about it. The goal is to remember the stuff that makes you laugh, right? Consider me solidly on track.

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How cute how cute?!

The main character in About Time goes through a similar revelation throughout the film – which also co-stars Rachel McAdams, who I am mildly involved with, psychologically, and she is adorable throughout the entire thing.

Definitely consider checking out About Time when it hits theaters on November 8, 2013! 

How do you feel about the idea of going back in time to correct “imperfect” moments?
Would you do it?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Universal Pictures through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about About Time, all opinions are my own.

Lindsay Ginn

Livin' in your basement, eatin' your canned foods.