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Gotta love those Brits

Charming.

That’s the only way to describe About Time, the new movie from writer/director Richard Curtis, who has brought us such classics as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill.

about time movieEveryone in the film is charming — even the folks who are grouchy (because they are grouchy in that funny, British way).

The homes and flats are charming. The ‘meet cutes?’ Charming. And the time travel conceit is treated with a light hand…not the gloom and doom that you might remember — and star Rachel McAdams had to endure — in The Time Travelers Wife.

Plus, Rachel and Domhnall Gleeson are the cutest couple on the entire planet.

That’s not to say About Time is all English Breakfast tea and crumpets.  Curtis definitely has a strong message to share about love and life  —

But he’s just so charming about it.

Being a sore loser

I thought I was over it.

I was wrong.

being ericaI loved Being Erica, an original comedy/drama/fantasy that aired on Soap Net before the network closed up shop in 2011.

Working with a very special therapist named Dr. Tom, Erica traveled back and forth through time.  With his help, she was able to revisit moments of regret and change her actions — usually in ways she had not anticipated.

The show was produced in Canada, and there were rumors it might be picked up by another network or produced in a new format in America.

Neither happened.

So now from time to time, I will encounter one of the show’s former stars in another TV show or movie…like tonight, when I saw Morgan Kelly [pictured above,  second from right] in a forgettable Lifetime movie.

I wonder if Brent misses Erica as much as I do?  And if yes…is anyone from the show traveling back through time right now to fix this whole cancellation nonsense?

Showdown

A lot of people went to see Ted this weekend. I was one of ’em.  It was funny.

But I also saw a little film called Safety Not Guaranteed. Far fewer folks went to see it, and that’s a darn shame.

Because it’s better.

“Ted”

“Safety Not Guaranteed”

Both have fanciful story lines:  A bear that comes to life.  A man who believes he can time travel.  But whereas Ted relies on the humor of Seth McFarlane (who voices the bear) to carry the movie — and, call me cranky, is racist for reasons that I will never find funny — Safety is hilarious simply because…

It is real.

Not the time travel element necessarily.  But the people and their stories and their relationships.  So the humor that follows is a natural result.  Plus, Aubrey Plaza — from Parks and Recreation — proves she can do way more than pout.

If Safety has made its way to your town, give it a look and compare.  Then return to this space and agree.

Or let me have it.

Timeout

I’ve spent a lot of time in the Dallas Fort Worth Airport over the years.

If I’m waiting for my flight home, you’ll most often find me — depending on my departure terminal — in Chili’s or Friday’s or near the closest electrical outlet.

Today my sister Lou and I killed a couple of hours in the Cowtown Bar in Terminal A.  And I’m pretty sure…

It’s a portal back in time.

It started with the waiter, Adam.  He was a very nice, attentive guy, don’t get me wrong.  But Adam was sporting a hairdo circa The Wedding Singer.

Let’s just say, it caught the eye.

The music mix also took us back.  “Last Kiss” started playing — “Last Kiss!”  I remember a group called Wednesday made a version of that song popular in 1974.  It has literally been a decade since I’ve heard that song.

This was followed by other hits from long ago.  I felt like I had fallen into a time warp.

Then a couple came into the restaurant with their three-year old daughter.  She was the spitting image of actress Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, No Reservations, Nim’s Island).  I decided it was her.

Which convinced me — we had traveled back in time.

Tragically, I didn’t look any younger.