We’re in the home stretch now – only a week left of the Blogging from A to Z challenge – I think I can, I think I can…. Today is the letter T, so on this Movie Monday, I’m talking about the 2009 romantic comedy TiMER. Here’s the Netflix description:
In this comedic fantasy, science has facilitated the search for a soul mate via biotechnological implants that count down to the moment one is supposed to meet his or her match. But Oona (Emma Caulfield) is worried: She's nearly 30, and her TiMER isn't ticking yet. Will her dream guy get snatched up by someone else? John Patrick Amedori co-stars in this film from first-time writer and director Jac Schaeffer.
I have to say, TiMER is one of my favorite movies Netflix Watch Instantly has recommended for me - not so much for the quality of the movie (there is some dodgy acting and low budget production design issues), but for the idea itself and how much it has made me think. It’s been almost two years since I watched it, and I still find myself thinking about the issues it presents.
The writing is very clever, and the dialog is quippy and zips right along. Emma Caulfield (Anya
!!) does a great job as Oona, so that you become invested in her even though most of her problems are of the whiny woe-is-me variety. As a hopeless romantic who really does believe in soul mates even though I haven’t found mine yet, I was fascinated by this idea of a timer that counts down to the moment you meet your soul mate. It sounds like exactly
what I need, but the movie does a great job of showing the pitfalls of something like this.
The driving force of the story is the fact that Oona’s timer hasn’t started ticking. Having a timer implanted is not mandatory, and your timer will not start unless your soul mate also has a timer, so if your person doesn’t have one, you’re left hanging. Therefore Oona is constantly on the prowl for men without timers, and after they have a few successful dates, she pushes them to get timers and drops them as soon as hers is not activated. After many disappointments, she starts to wonder if she even has a soul mate out there. Then she meets a man who doesn’t believe in timers and really falls for him, but he refuses to get one. So does she follow her heart or turn away because science hasn’t told her he’s “the one”?
Her sister has an arguably worse situation. Her timer is ticking, but it says she won’t meet her soul mate for another 40-50 years (I can’t remember the exact time left, but long enough that she would be an elderly woman). So how is she supposed to behave knowing she has to wait most of her life to find her true love? Find someone else to temporarily love? Only have random flings with no emotion attached?
The movie really made me think about my beliefs about love and fate and destiny. And the idea of a biological timer has stirred up many different story ideas in my head, which is always a great thing. The biggest downfall of the movie is the ending. I won’t say I hated it (even though I kind of did), but I will say I strongly disliked it. I think the writer-director did a huge disservice to the story she crafted over the first three-fourths of the movie with the ending. But despite that, I still think it’s a great indie film and well worth a watch.
Have you seen TiMER? What did you think of it? If you could have a device implanted to tell you exactly when you would meet your soul mate, would you do it? How Tuckered out is Bailey with her letter T?