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Timer (2009)

Emma Caulfield , Michelle Borth , Jac Schaeffer  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Emma Caulfield, Michelle Borth, John Patrick Amedori, Desmond Harrington, JoBeth Williams
  • Directors: Jac Schaeffer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Phase 4 Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,709 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Timer" on IMDb

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What if a clock could count down to the moment you meet your soul mate? In this alternate version of present day Los Angeles, a revolutionary device called the TiMER fulfills this fantasy. For a reasonable installation fee and moderate monthly charges, a TiMER implanted in the wrist will accurately display the numbers of days, hours, minutes and seconds until the wearers date with destiny.

The delightful Emma Caulfield (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) gets free rein to show what an accomplished comedian and actress she is in the unexpectedly charming and engaging Timer. Timer is an independently produced romantic comedy that manages to be both romantic and funny. The premise is intriguing: What if you could be implanted with a countdown timer, showing you exactly how much time there is before you meet your soulmate--and then, when you meet that person, both your and your mate's timers "zero out," beeping rapturously to mark the occasion? The brilliance of how writer-director Jac Schaeffer has presented the idea is that it's not futuristic or science-fiction-y at all--one simply visits a timer store in a mall to be implanted with the device, and it all feels very present-day. Caulfield plays Oona, who's been unlucky in love and not willing to risk any investment "unless you're sure--what's the point?" Her own timer is blank, meaning that her soulmate has not yet had his timer implanted in his wrist. Oona takes boyfriend after boyfriend into the timer shop to be implanted, only to learn that their timers have countdowns--and thus, soulmates who are not Oona. Timer is gentle in its insistence that love will always be about risk and the unknown, even as the coupling scenarios play out throughout. The supporting cast is excellent, including Michelle Borth (The Forgotten), as Oona's randy sister, Steph, whose own timer says she won't meet her soulmate until she's in her 40s--so now is the time to have fun. John Patrick Amedori (Gossip Girl) is Mikey, an appealing younger guy who hopes to persuade Oona to ignore technology in favor of the louder beeping of her own heart. Desmond Harrington (Dexter) is sexy and sly as Dan, and JoBeth Williams plays Oona and Steph's mom with compassion and a cool eye on pairing off her daughters. "Oh, your generation is so lucky," Williams's Marion exclaims. "You don't have to worry about the mess of dating, diseases, the confusion…" Or broken hearts. But as Timer shows so deftly, love, with or without a guarantee, can't be hurried--or forced. The DVD includes bloopers, deleted scenes, and a wonderful making-of feature with great interviews with Schaeffer and the actors. --A.T. Hurley

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Questions October 15, 2010
The thing I love the most about this movie is that it constantly forces you to ask deep questions... about our society and deeper philosophy as well.

The interplay with Oona's younger half-brother and his "soulmate" is downright reminiscent of an arranged marriage. It also makes a commentary that cuts both ways across science and religion: because a "scientific" timer tells you when you meet your "one true soulmate," do we accept this? Can a countdown REALLY tell you this? The question cuts back the other way where you watch as people share this almost devotional faith to the TiMER units themselves; "How can you find love without a TiMER?" Why would you have faith in such an object?

Further, it allows us to ask questions about certain kinds of products and their consequences on society; if you watch how the people in the world of the movie act, talk, and react with all things "TiMER," it gives you insight into how far-reaching an simple idea can possibly blossom.

Not quite as comedic as I was expecting, but this movie is worth its weight in the story itself (philosophy aside.) It's a versatile movie, can be taken either deeply or routinely, and has excellent performances throughout.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Charming April 27, 2010
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I'm pretty sure that the only reason this film didn't get wide-spread theatrical distribution is because of the (almost) no-name cast, because everything else about it was fantastic. The combination of great acting, well-drawn and complex characters, and high-concept plot resulted in an adorable, charming and engaging movie. Perfect for a night in. Kudos to the director. I hope he does more like it... :)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, Well Thought Out Love Story May 2, 2010
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I gather this film was begun by the basic premise of the timers, which (without giving anything away) tell the owners when they will meet the love of their lives. The movie takes this idea and really explores many of the ins and outs of the concept (as it has become well accepted and fairly integrated into everyday live) and how it affects different people in regards to love. I found the writing to be quite splendid and I laughed out loud multiple times - a result of the combination of great writing and excellent delivery.

What a great cast!

I cannot speak much of the cinematography or music of the film as I was too wrapped up in the story to notice!

My only complaint was that I felt the buildup to and the ending to be predictable. But, I still enjoyed it to the end. It's nice to see solid films like this emerge in the terribly boring Remake Mania overtaking American cinema these days.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Glad I Watched This Film May 7, 2010
By kevrev
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I'm sure I won't do the movie justice with this little review but I had to add my two cents by saying I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great acting, solid script, though an indy it didn't feel low budget to me -- I recommend seeing this film! (Be aware it fully deserves it's R rating for language but if that doesn't distract you from enjoying a good movie then it's definitely worth watching.)

I'll admit I have an affinity for 'What If?' movies like this. Ones that tell stories which start off with a slightly unrealistic premise in order to make us explore a concept that deserves to be pulled from the back of our collective subconscious so we can examine it's full implications. Other examples that spring to mind are Sliding Doors, The Truman Show, Twilight of the Golds, and (I would add) Groundhogs Day.

So give your 'willing suspension of disbelief' a little more chain to run around the yard and discover what this great romantic movie has to say.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't laughed so hard in ages! April 24, 2010
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I had the good luck to see this movie at the Cleveland International Film Festival recently, and I am so pleased that I did -- it was funny, well-written, brilliantly acted (I swear Emma Caulfield is one of the greatest "face" actors working today, she can put so much across with just one look!) and delightful. I hope it gets a broader release in theatres, because compared to the other movies out there right now, it's vastly superior.

The premise is simple -- what if a clock could count down to the moment you meet your soul mate? But it isn't science fiction-y, and even though you feel for what the main character is going through (her timer is one of a handful that doesn't work correctly, and she keeps ending up with the wrong guys again and again), it isn't a "chick flick" either. It's sensitive, slightly dark at times (her sister works in a retirement community -- there are some great one-liners), but overall, a wonderful movie.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
It is extremely hard to find thought provoking, fun, and character based romantic comedies. In this movie we actually have one. It is sad as an audience we are left with terrible choices in the theaters in this genre (almost all of them carbon copies of each other!) while something with a refreshing concept and something new goes direct to video. Why? Oh well.

I won't go into the plot as you can read that in the product description. This movie has relatable characters that you like (what a concept hollywood) and their actions are not out of character either. So often we are left with comedies that step so far out of the relm of reality that they become farces. Timer, although has a bit of a sci-fi bent to the plot, stays grounded.

I like that it has something to say too. What would you do if you could have your fate told to you? If you didn't really have to look for love? It's an interesting idea. I think it explores that idea well without it overpowering the characters too. Having some people refuse to get a Timer, or having a sister with a date set decades from the present and how emotionally she handles that. All these themes are thought provoking, something I rarely get from Romantic comedies and it's refreshing. The actors and actresses are all very good in the film too!

I highly recommend this movie. It definately highlights that the good romantic comedies are still made, but maybe just hidden.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful movie about our obsession with "true love
A wonderful movie about our obsession with "true love," the reality of being unsure about our future and how everyone else seems to have it easier. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mark M. Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Science gives no guarantee to a Happily ever after
This movie is unique in its storytelling in that it most certainly isn't your typical Hollywood movie and has more bounce to it than an average Indie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Matlack
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and different romance.
This movie is a modern day take on the arranged marriage idea. Each person is predestined to meet the love of their life when their timer runs down. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. Westrope
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but I expected it to be about 20% more clever than it was
I would not say this is a romance, finding romance is kind of the theme but it is more about two sisters, and how humans relate to technology. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Emily Veinglory
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I like this movie as it makes you think of what might happen if you make the wrong choices . Thanks
Published 9 months ago by K. J. Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies
This is a wonderfully clever movie with GREAT music. It caught my eye because of Emma Caulfield, who I love from BtVS. She is witty and hilarious in this movie as well. Read more
Published 9 months ago by SMG713
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is the rest of the movie?
The premise of the movie didn't make sense to begin with. The movie never adequately explains how the timer technology is possible. Read more
Published 9 months ago by naware
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless
Nothing in this supposed comedy made me laugh. The heroine and many others are obsessive about finding the perfect person to spend their lives with. Some do, some don't. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Joseph McKinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected
My wife and I took a chance on "Timer" a few weeks back when we sat down to watch our every Friday evening quirky movie. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Doug Erlandson
5.0 out of 5 stars Is our fate already written? If yes, should we know it in advance? And...
Those are some of the questions asked by this definitely very original, unusual and quite clever little film, which combines successfully a typical romantic comedy with a solid... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Darth Maciek
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