At the age of 21, Tim learns that the men in his family have the ability to travel back in time. Although he cannot change the course of history, he can change that of his own life, so he decides to improve it by finding a girlfriend…
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A wonderful script by Richard Curtis and fine performances all around overcome any of the romantic comedy type flourishes that creep into the narrative. In the end its a film about fatherhood and finding the magic and wonder in everyday life more so than the romance it was marketed as. Curtis does know how to pull the heartstrings but never in a maudlin or hokey way. Quite wonderful with a great turn by Nighy.
My interpretation is that even in the film there's no actual time travelling and it's all just that same metaphor saying: this day is now, it's yours to live, like every day is, it won't repeat itself and once you waste it, it's gone, unfixable.