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UK Theatrical Poster
Directed by Gareth Carrivick
Produced by Neil Peplow
Justin Anderson Smith
Written by Jamie Mathieson
Starring Chris O'Dowd
Dean Lennox Kelly
Marc Wootton
Anna Faris
Music by James L. Venable
Cinematography John Pardue
Editing by Stuart Gazzard
Christopher Blunden
Distributed by BBC Films
Picturehouse Entertainment
Release date(s) April 24, 2009 (2009-04-24)
Running time 83 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (styled as FAQ About Time Travel) is a 2009 science fiction comedy feature film. It is directed by Gareth Carrivick from a script by Jamie Mathieson, and stars Anna Faris, Chris O'Dowd, Marc Wootton and Dean Lennox Kelly.

The film follows three social outcasts (two nerds and a cynic) as they attempt to navigate a time-travel conundrum in the middle of a British pub. Faris plays a girl from the future who sets the adventure in motion.

It was released in the UK and Ireland on 24 April 2009.

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Plot

The film begins with Ray (Chris O'Dowd) being fired from his job at a local theme park. His two friends Pete (Dean Lennox Kelly) and Toby (Marc Wootton) dress in brightly coloured fluffy dinosaur costumes to promote "Dinoburgers" at the theme park restaurant. Pete has a side bet with Toby that Ray will not be able to go five minutes without mentioning time travel, which Pete wins.

After work they chat in a cafe, then go to the cinema. Leaving the film they complain about the quality of the movie, and that someone should write a letter to Hollywood. Toby declares that he has many great ideas and reads some from his notebook, which the others promptly mock. In the pub he does write the letter and complains about remakes, Jude Law, Han shot first, and mentions "more Firefly and/or Serenity" as a positive suggestion. He tears the completed letter out of his notebook and leaves it on the table.

To avoid the queue Ray goes to the bar in another section of the pub. A girl (Anna Faris) catches his attention, and she talks to him about time travel. He assumes she must be a prank setup by his friends. She explains she is a time traveller, and that her job is to find and repair "time leaks" and stop "editors" (rival time travellers who try to "improve history" by killing famous people at their finest moment). Ray tells his friends about this meeting, which they think he's making up.

Pete goes out to the bathroom and upon returning finds the bar full of dead bodies, including his own bloody corpse. He runs to the bathroom, and when he leaves the room again, he has returned to his own time. He wonders if this is the time leak Cassie has mentioned.

The others then follow him to the bathroom and retrace his steps, in precise detail. They end up going back in time about a half hour. The bar seems normal at first but they notice their past selves already at their tables. Ray realises Cassie is still where he met her previously and goes to talk to her. Cassie doesn't believe him and leaves, only to immediately return, her hair and clothes having changed. She explains six months has passed for her even though only second passed for Ray.

They go talk in the garden, Cassie instructs Ray to simply hide out and wait the half hour until they catch up to the time their past selves went into the bathroom. They wait in the cupboard. After waiting for a half hour, the three once again need to go to the bathroom, and they use the women's toilets to avoid bumping into themselves. They leave but arrive in the distant future. Pete tries to go back into the women's bathroom to reverse the trip, but appears again almost immediately, haggard and with a full grown beard and warning them not to go in. He explains he's been frequently using both bathrooms and randomly jumping time periods in an attempt to get back home. They go back to the bar, and see that it is damaged and covered in a layer of ash and dust. They gather a few primitive weapons and find some food with an expiration date of May 2094. Ray wants to explore, but Toby is eager to leave. On the back wall of the pub they see a mural, showing the three of them sitting in the pub dressed as they are now, implying that they become famous. Startled by a noise, they speculate that it could be the sound of a giant insect. It turns out to be just a homeless person walking by pushing a squeaky shopping trolley, who gets his head bitten off by a giant ant.

They wait in the bathroom. Pete hints that sometimes other creatures enter the bathroom. They hear a noise and hide. They see their past selves trace Pete's steps trying to travel in time. They hide from their past selves. After their past selves leave, they then run out into the garden to find the place full of people dressed just like them. It turns out to be an "imagineer" fan theme night based on them. A second time traveller named Millie from Causal Adjust shows up and helps send them back to their own time.

They end up about an hour early, so they sit in another seat and decide to get some pints and wait it out. After their past selves leave, they get back to their original seats and read the note on the back of the letter that will make them famous. Ray goes outside to pee. Cassie appears again. Ray thanks Cassie and Millie and the people at Causal Adjust. Cassie doesn't know any Millie and realises she must be an editor sent to kill them at their finest moment. Cassie attempts to go back and fix the problem but cannot leave, so she returns to the bar, finding Millie there. Pete fights with Toby to destroy the note, but they are stopped by Millie. Millie makes Toby an offer: "die and live on as legends or live a long life anonymously" but Toby defies her. Millie sets off a blast killing everyone in the pub. Ray makes one last move to reach for the note. He doesn't reach it but instead spills a pint, which destroys the note. With nothing to make them famous, time rewinds and things seem to have gone back to normal.

The three friends walk home and wonder if the adventure is really over. Cassie then appears through a big glowing time portal. She reveals that they have only fourteen hours to save the earth, and they have to go with her to a parallel universe. Ray convinces them to jump into the portal. After they leave, Ray and Pete come out from around the corner, only to realise they have a second duplicate Pete.

After the credits Ray and the two Petes hear a shout "get back freak" and Toby runs past being chased by a monstrous version of himself. Pete has the last words saying: "This is all getting a little bit too complicated".

Cast

Home media

The DVD was released on 7 September 2009 in the UK.[1]

Production

The film is a co-production between HBO Films and BBC Films. It was filmed at Pinewood Studios in the UK.[2] The credits of the film include thanks to "The Wheatsheaf Pub".

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Design

The opening credits appear in outline block letters in light blue against the background of space, in the same style as the Superman films. [3]

Reception

Joe Madden of Front magazine described it as "Doctor Who meets Shaun of the Dead", a quote used on the poster for the film.

The Irish Times gave the film 2 out of 5 stars, describing it as a "mildly diverting yarn" but was critical of the small scale of the film and the apparently limited budget.[4]

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 37%, based on 19 reviews[5] The Rotten Tomatoes community give the film a rating of 82%.[6]

Cultural References

Towards the end of the film, Cassie says "I love you, Ray, but we only have 14 hours to save the Earth", referencing the memorable quote in the 1980 Flash Gordon film

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