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ABOUT TIME <span>(2013)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 120

Release dates 04/09/2013

BBFCInsight Contains infrequent strong language and moderate sex references

Genre(s) Drama, Comedy

Director(s) Richard Curtis

Cast includes Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Lindsay Duncan

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 25/08/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

ABOUT TIME is a romantic comedy drama, written and directed by Richard Curtis. It follows a man who learns, on his 21st birthday, that he has the ability to travel back into his own past. He uses this skill to change the course of his own life, particularly with women, and to help his family and friends. The film is rated 12 for infrequent strong language and moderate sex references.

There are five uses of strong language ('f**k'), which occur in different comic situations and with no undue aggression. The film also contains milder bad language, including 'hell', 'shit', 'prick', 'dickhead', 'dick', 'smart arse', 'arseing', 'bugger', 'screw that', 'screwed up', 'sod all', 'bum', 'Christ' and 'bastard'.

The film deals with relationships that progress from dating, through sexual experiences, to established partnerships and marriage. There are references to oral sex, and during a comically inappropriate best man's speech, a listing of various sexual techniques. The references are not particularly detailed or crude and occur within a good-natured comic context. In one scene, a couple are seen undressing one another as they prepare to make love. They are also seen in the aftermath of having sex, although no sexual activity or significant nudity is shown. In another scene, a woman performs a mischievous striptease in front of her husband but no detailed nudity is seen.

There are some references to terminal cancer, which it is suggested was caused by smoking.

No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video or DVD.



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Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd,Universal Pictures Int (UK)
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