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by Jonathan McKee and Todd Pearage

Time Traveler’s Wife, The (2/9/2010)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, brief disturbing images, nudity and sexuality.

Directed by Robert Schwentke (Flightplan)

Starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams

Jonathan's Rating: Rental

Todd's Rating: Skip it

JONATHAN’S WORD: Have you seen a film that is a little bit boring throughout, but by the end, you think the film was brilliant? That was my experience watching The Time Traveler’s Wife. The film was both original and heartwarming; and if you’re a romantic like me, you might want to keep a Kleenex box nearby.


JONATHAN’S WORD: Yeah, I’m a wus!

TODD’S WORD: I need a minute...go ahead without me.

JONATHAN’S WORD: The film didn’t really catch my attention at first. Henry travels through time without control, returning to the present unannounced. But that doesn’t stop Clare from falling madly in love with him. Henry and Clare try to maintain a relationship despite Henry’s intermittent presence.

TODD’S WORD: I actually found that a little disturbing. Mostly because you didn’t mention he shows up naked every time he time travels. Besides some of that weirdness, I didn’t really like the way they did the flashbacks and flashforwards.

JONATHAN’S WORD: Ok, perhaps the story jumped around a little too much at first. I didn’t feel like I got to know the leads right away. However, I stuck with it, and I eventually was drawn in.

TODD’S WORD: Unfortunately for me...I never got there. Like most time travel movies there were “holes” in the story, but this one had way too many for me.

JONATHAN’S WORD:It’s refreshing to see a film with an original plot. I can honestly say that I’ve seen nothing like this. Sure, one romantic moment might feel like The Notebook, and another scene might feel a little like Benjamin Button. And when Henry travels through time, he arrives naked and often has to steal clothes—like in the Terminator films (that’s a comparison I’m sure the film-makers didn’t foresee anyone using- but I couldn’t help but compare), but the overall storyline is fresh and original.

TODD’S WORD: I knew you would mention the naked time traveling. Oh and comparing it to Terminator does not make up for the Kleenex comment.

JONATHAN’S WORD:The performances were strong. Bana was a convincing Henry, and McAdams was easy to fall in love with. If the film had captured me sooner, I probably would have scored it as a “Theatre Worthy”… but it honestly took a while. Instead I’ll give it a “Rental.” Well worth it! Good date flick.

TODD’S WORD: It is a good date flick...if you are trying to put your date to sleep. I’ll give it a “Skip It”.

No. It’s rated PG-13 for nudity and sexuality. And to be honest, your kids won’t want to see it. They’ll be bored within the first 15 or 20 minutes.

Side Note:
As said above, we don't recommend your kids see this film. But on the occasion that they actually have already seen it, you may want to dialogue about the film with them. These questions below may be a help to you.

Conversation Starter
Three Simple Questions (with Answers You May Be Looking for):

  1. What are some of the messages or themes you observed in this movie?

  2. How do you suppose we—as serious Christ-followers—should react to this movie?

  3. How can we move from healthy, Bible-based opinions about this movie to actually living out those opinions?

Jonathan McKee Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

Todd Pearage Todd Pearage is a movie buff at heart, but he's not your traditional film critic. Todd is a blue collar film geek, from his job years ago at Blockbuster to his heartfelt online movie reviews. But Todd isn't just a film geek. He has worked with middle and high school students since 1991 as a youth pastor and is currently on staff at Calvary Church in Souderton, PA. Todd and his wife Lynda have three children, Brianna, Caleb and Addyson.

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