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Sometimes a movie makes you cry. Sometimes it makes you laugh. You leave the theater or hit the stop button, teary-eyed, with your side split from laughter or infuriated by the two hours you’ve wasted. But it’s not very often I’m left thinking, racking my brain, putting myself in the place of the protagonist thinking for hours, “What would I have done?”

But I did when I watched TiMER.

Timer movie poster

Props to Jessi for putting me on to this movie.

Here’s the premise:

Oona is a thirty-something dentist who lives with her stepsister Steph who’s around the same age. Oona is looking for love and Steph is waiting for love, but not in the way you might expect.

At a certain point, the quest for love is sometimes driven by a deadline. You want to get married before you have kids. You want to be financially stable to get married. You need a job to be financially stable (whatever that meas these days). And you need a degree to get a job. But what if the timeline is not so strategic, not so practical, but proven science?

TiMER is set in present-day, but a present-day in where when you reach adolescence, you can get a timer implanted on your wrist.

TiMER

When you do this, one of two things can happen:

  • Your timer begins a countdown, be it 5 days or in the case of Oona’s stepsister Steph, 5262 days 14 hours 56 min 2 seconds. These are the days until you meet your soul mate.
  • Or, you can get your timer and when it is implanted, it could be blank. This means that your soul mate has not gotten their timer yet. This is what has happened to the protagonist, Oona.

No more guesswork. The phrase “You’ll just know,” is a little more tangible. How will you know? When your timer counts down to the final day, you have 24 hours in which you will find your soul mate. When you make eye contact with him/her, your timer and theirs starts beeping like crazy, and there you have it. True love, your life partner, happily ever after, etc.

(It’s not a sci-fi flick at all really. No hovering cars or drastically rigid asymmetrical haircuts. It’s just a world like this one, but with timers.)

Oona lives by this gadget, the timer. She believes in it and makes decisions by it. She dates men without timers and after a couple dates, she takes them to get a timer in hopes that hers will turn on and they will be soulmates. It’s become something of a hobby.

She shows little interest in these men, but dating anyone with a timer already, to her, is a “moot point.” But then, the meet-cute. She meets a younger, unsuccessful guy with messy roommates. But the worst part: He already has a timer, which means they can’t be soul mates.

Of course there are many plot twists but it brings up some situations that make you wonder:

  • Would you get a timer if it’s 100% proven?
  • Would you date someone with a timer who you know isn’t your soul mate? Or would it just be a moot point?
  • In the movie, timers have only been around for a decade or so, so what if you were already married? Would you get one and risk knowing that you are not married to your soul mate?
  • What if you fall in love with someone who you know isn’t your soul mate?
  • Is it fate? Is it destiny? Is it just a self-fulfilling prophecy?
  • Is a guarantee really what you need to putĀ  a restless mind at ease?
  • What if you are to find your soul mate when you are barely at age to date?

I can say that I wouldn’t get one, but I would certainly be tempted. I mean, a couple bad dates and then you just think, “Skrew it. I’ll just go get a timer.”

It’s along the lines of that witch’s eyeball in Big Fish.

Big Fish witch

If you could look in the eyeball of an old woman and see your death, would you want to? On one hand, if you see yourself dying old, you would be able to take risks your whole life, knowing that you would survive them. On the other hand, if you find you die young, well, that’s a little discouraging.

In both scenarios, witch’s eyeball or timer, I think ignorance is bliss. Life is guesswork and mistakes.While there would be a reassurance in knowing, the freedom of not knowing would be altogether more spontaneous and less frigid and formulated. Oona’s love interest Mikey says it best:

“You’re sweating your future right? It’s a shame because you could have a more exciting present if you really wanted.”

There are no big names besides Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Emma Caulfield as Oona. In a refreshing way, you can go into the movie with no expectations beyond my humble suggestion. It’s kind of new to DVD and it’s on the “Instant” section of Netflix right now. There are a couple unanswered questions in the plot, but still, I highly suggest it.

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When I first saw the preview for Bounty Hunter, I was with a group of friends, most of whom are guys. One of them said something to the effect of, “They are just putting guns in a chick flick. I’m not falling for it.” I didn’t fall for it either, but I can tell you that this blurring of genres is not something I fancy. These action romantic comedies had better step it up because I’m confused. Case in point: Date Night.

I didn’t laugh until ten minutes into the movie. And the couple scenes when I was supposed to say “awww,” it was more like an “oh, please.” What’s worse is, if I see “Bounty Hunter” and it is anything more than barely tolerable, I will be pleasantly surprised, but with Steve Carell and Tina Fey on the poster, I expected nothing less than side-splitting, knee-slapping, uproarious laughter, and I was nothing but disappointed.

While this is a fad now in Hollywood, the action, comedy, love story has been done before. And it’s been done right. In 1959 Some Like It Hot, put Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis on the run from the mob while chasing after Marilyn Monroe in dresses. Can’t beat it.

This movie is by far one of my favorite comedies of all time, and that’s why. It’s because I can call it a comedy. Billy Wilder chose a genre and stuck with it. It works because there is a focal point.

I love The Office and I love 30 Rock even more, but Fey and Carell in Date Night is not my idea of a good match. Check out my full review at scaddistrict.com.

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