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The Time Traveler’s Wife

Released: 2009

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Runtime: 1 hr 47 min

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Robert Schwentke

Starring: Michelle Nolden, Alex Ferris, Arliss Howard, Eric Bana, Katherine Trowell, Bart Bedford, Esther Jun, Matt Birman, Craig Snoyer, Rachel McAdams

A man’s marriage becomes complicated because of a gene that causes him to travel through time involuntarily.

More often fizzles than sizzles.

Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 8 years ago

THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE is the sort of movie that makes you wish you had read the book but skipped its cinematic adaptation. While the time traveling concept is consistently intriguing, the movie itself more often fizzles than sizzles. The script by Bruce Joel Rubin (THE LAST MIMZY), based on Audrey Niffenegger's novel, has many lovely, touching scenes, but somehow director Robert Schwentke (FLIGHT PLAN) never seems to be able to stitch the movie's many poignant moments into a consistent and satisfying whole.

As Clare Abshire, the film's female love interest, Rachel McAdams gives a performance reminiscent of the one she did in THE NOTEBOOK, another weepie like THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE. Since the story flashes back and forth in time, other actresses play Clare when she is younger than 18.

Henry DeTamble (Eric Bana), the story's central character, even if the title suggests otherwise, is a thief, but it's not his fault really. He is a time traveler unable to control much of anything. At random moments in his life, he is transported back and forth in time, sometimes meeting himself at another age in the process. His life is a series of "cant's." He can't decide when or where to time travel to. He can't change the future. And, what proves to be his biggest problem, is that he can't take his clothes with him. This means that he arrives naked in some semi-random place and time. Much of movie has us watching him breaking into places in order to steal clothes. This, of course, can be dangerous. If a naked man was breaking into your place of business, wouldn't you want to get your gun out?

Although much more of a romantic tragedy than a romantic comedy, the film has many quite funny and cute moments. At his wedding, for example, Henry keeps finding himself disintegrating and being transported back and forth in time like a toy on a spring. Whether he'll be able to complete his vows is uncertain, since he keeps being AWOL.

By far the best scene in the picture is driven by Clare, who cheats on her husband. But, this one-night stand is no mere fling. She purposely sets out to cheat on her husband with a distinct purpose in mind. And with whom does she cheat? Why her husband, making this the rare movie in which a cheating wife cheats on her husband with her husband. If this concept makes your head spin, it is just one of many quasi-illogical moments. THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, however, works best when one doesn't think too hard.

THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE runs 1:47. It is rated PG-13 for "thematic elements, brief disturbing images, nudity and sexuality" and would be acceptable for kids around 10 and up.