Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel movie review

The thing about Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel is it’s only 83 minutes long but it’s redundant as hell, which is partly by design and partly due to flawed execution.

It takes the heroes of Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel just over nine and a half minutes to get to the bar. Everything that happens before they arrive at the bar establishes character and relationships, which would be fine, except  the second half of these opening nine and a half minutes is a complete and total retread of the first.  Worst of all, they didn’t take this time to make me like these guys.  In fact, at this point in the movie, I thought they were all jerks.

Chris O’Dowd’s character is perfectly explained in the opening scene on the amusement park ride and subsequent office scene. We understand his relationship to co stars Marc Wootton and Dean Lennox Kelly in the following dinosaur costume bit – we don’t need the subsequent coffee shop and outside the theater/walking to the bar scenes.  Also,once they do get to the bar, it seems like just another scene like the ones we just saw (although the exterior establishing shot of the bar does indicate to your brain that his place is important), so things start feeling static even though they’re moving to different locations because ideas are repeated; the scenes are all about the same thing.

And this keeps happening:  we don’t need to see more than one “Aren’t Chris O’Dowd and Anna Faris cute together?” scene.  More to the point, these scenes are largely expositional, which means they aren’t any fun and after the first time, they’re not only repetitive but boring plot pushers and retreads of the forced romance subplot.

But I do want to be clear: all of this complaining doesn’t mean I don’t like Chris O’Dowd anymore or that I didn’t like this movie, because I still do and I did… but I wouldnt’ say I loved him in this or this movie.  Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel is…  you know, fine… just fine, a lower budgeted and less interesting The World’s End, if you will.  It’s got some laughs and decent performances, but it mostly looks like a big idea that’s not fleshed out and with a budget too small to execute with. I’m giving it a 6.5 out of 10, by which I mean it’s a good but seriously flawed movie and is probably reserved for only British comedy fans.

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