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The Time Traveler's Wife

A 2009 movie directed by Robert Schwentke.

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  • Aug 18, 2009
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Based on a novel by Audrey Niffenegger, this sci-fi/romance/drama movie explores the problems a couple experiences when one of them (Henry, played excellently by Eric Bana) disappears without warning for varying periods of time, while Claire (the radiant Rachel McAdams) deals with life and waits for his return.

The thing is, not only is Henry gone, but he's also gone in time, and the Henry that returns may not be the same age as the Henry who left. To compound it, he has no control over when or where he makes the jump, and his clothes don't make it, leading to many dangerous and embarrassing situations.

Short attention span summary (SASS):
1. Girl meets boy she's known all her life for the very first time
2. He doesn't know her yet
3. Together they try to work it out

Although not exactly a chick-flick, this movie may appeal primarily to female audiences, and it would be a definite plus to read the novel first. The chemistry between the lead characters is wonderful, and the "disappearing" special effect is rather cool.

I thought that the rather complex premise was handled very well, given the fairly short run time, and was impressed by the acting and direction. Not for everybody, but certainly good by me.

Amanda Richards, August 16, 2009

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May 13, 2010
I was surprised that I enjoyed this film as much as I did. The story was more involving than I'd expected and the time travel elements actually made sense, whereas so many films with time travel in them cheat the rules or create a paradox. My only complaint is that I never bought that the young actress who played Claire would grow up to look like Rachel McAdams (they looked nothing alike).
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review by . July 03, 2010
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Having read the book first I must admit that this movie does an excellent job of taking all the relevent aspects of the book and adapting it for the movie.      We have a time traveler, Henry, (played by Eric Bana) who can go back in time many times to the same place and event without disrupting history.  The first time we see him, he is a small child in a car driven by his mother.  The car is about to crash when Henry is transported, then he returns to the same area …
review by . September 17, 2010
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   I did not read the book and I knew next to nothing about the film plot when sitting down to view this film. But I'd heard the title a thousand times and thought it sounded interesting. I tend to multi-task when I watch films at home so this movie viewing session was not an exception. About 20 minutes into the film I asked my husband if folding laundry was keeping me from getting what was going on. He said that the movie was confusing and laundry folding was not the problem.   …
Quick Tip by . September 03, 2010
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Pretty well structured film about love, time travel, romance and the theme of commitment. This is more a story about relationships, trust and faith in each other; isn't exactly a sci-fi film, but more of a slice of life and how we cope and make the best of opportunities and problems. McAdams and Bana make beautiful chemistry together. Indeed worth a watch and an excellent romantic drama for all "time".       
review by . February 11, 2010
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THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE is a diversion. At times what works well in a novel doesn't translate to the screen: the magic of the reader's imagination can be more powerful than the visualization of a screenwriter and director. Such is the case of Audrey Niffenegger's novel - an escape into a world of the unknown (time traveling) that played well on the page largely due to the writing skill of the author. Bruce Joel Rubin's screenplay makes a mighty attempt to make visual the imaginary magic of the …
review by . April 06, 2010
Some of the best movies occur when you blend multiple genres together. For example, Star Wars is not really purely sci-fi, but a blend of sci-fi, western, adventure, and drama. Likewise, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies are a blend of fantasy, action, romance, suspense and comedy. This is also the case with The Time Traveler's Wife. Part romance, part drama and part suspense, and overlaid on a fantasy context; this is another great movie based on a book. The plot is simple enough; Eric Bana plays …
Quick Tip by . January 28, 2010
Watched this on the flight. It's interesting how the guy always comes back naked! Unique story, another one of those time travel stories!
Quick Tip by . January 28, 2010
A very solid adaption with some interesting twists, good performances, and well though-out screenplay.
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The Time Traveler's Wife is a 2009 film based on Audrey Niffenegger's 2003 novel of the same name. The film is directed by Robert Schwentke and stars Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.

Filming began in September 2007, originally in anticipation of a fall 2008 release. The film's release was postponed with initially no official explanation from the studio. McAdams later noted that the delay was due to reshoots that could not be completed until the season at their outdoor location matched previously filmed footage, and Bana had regrown his hair following his work on the 2009 film Star Trek The film was released in theaters on August 14, 2009.

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Genre: Drama, Romance
Release Date: August 14, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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