Time’s A-Tickin’

Baily with the letter TWe’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”? 
TiMERHer 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?  


john myers's picture

I never heard of the movie, but I can see how you got the reaction you did...gonna try and remember this one!

Donna McNicol's picture

I remember seeing that movie on one of the pay channels. Funny, quirky and thought provoking - yes, I enjoyed it.

Displaced's picture

Hi there,

thanks for dropping by to visit me at Gonna Eat Worms it is always lovely to meet new bloggers!

I have not seen Timer but I found the idea and the philosophical questions it raises very interesting. I have spent over 30 years in and out of pretty crappy relationships before getting together with the partner I feel is my 'soul mate' only to find out that we sat next to each other in Geography class in 1979! SO we had MET, in fact we were friendly but not close friends for two years at high school --- would my timer be saying I was done?

Interesting thought!



Lucy Adams's picture

I have not seen Timer, but I do love a movie that keeps me thinking about it months, even years, since I watched it.


Kristin's picture

Hey Jocelyn, it's always great to find someone else who went to Duke...and it always amuses me when I find them in such random ways. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.

TiMER sounds like it has a fascinating premise at it's core. I'll have to check it out.

Sheenah Freitas's picture

That story sounds amazing. Though dodgy acting can be a turn off for me when it comes to movies... If you can promise me that the story is good enough to sit through, I'll check it out.

Jessica's picture

I haven't seen this movie but the idea sounds great! I hope the ending isn't too terrible. Movies tend to do that. They have awesome plot arcs for the first bit and then it just falls. Still, I do like movies that make me think. Thanks for posting.

Rebecca Enzor's picture

Sounds very interesting. I'm definitely going to have to check it out :)

Janna's picture

I really enjoyed this movie. I watched it one night when I couldn't sleep. I'm not sure if I believe there is only one soul mate for people, I think there are probably several versions of a happy life for people. I didn't mind the end of the movie. I think I know what bothered you about it, and it did rub me the wrong way as well, but the alternative would have been unrealistic (can I use that word for a movie with this premise?). Thanks for the post.

Lily Cate's picture

I haven't seen this yet - rare for me! I will have to check it out.
I met my Mr. Cate in a movie theater many years ago. I was very young. I don't know if I would have believed a timer then!

michelle's picture

Mmmm... sounds different... and a thought-provoking type of movie.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

It's cool to see that a few other people have found this little gem.  If you haven't seen it, I do recommend watching it just because the premise is so different. 

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