Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: R Length: 123 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 15+. It’s a romantic drama, so the biggest issue here is sexy stuff: A few different implied sex scenes, lots of talk and jokes about sex, some kissing, and some toplessness (but not during those implied sex scenes). Also some cursing, some drinking, and some heavy emotional stuff that includes physical harm suffered by both a parent and a sibling. The themes about appreciating your loved ones (especially your mother and father), though, is one that will work for older teenagers and parents seeing the film together.
‘About Time’ tries to tie together a message about living your life to the fullest with being appreciative of what you’re given in that life. It’s of course clichéd, but the performances from the solid ensemble cast make it better than you would expect.
By Roxana Hadadi
If you want a sentimental tearjerker, writer-director Richard Curtis is your guy: “War Horse,” “Love Actually,” “Notting Hill,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” It’s an impressive output, one that has tied Curtis’s name to a very particular kind of half-romantic, half-saddening movie-going experience. With his latest, “About Time,” Curtis continues that trend—but the film, despite its likeable cast, has a weird misogyny that too prevalently runs through it.