Starring: Kathryn Newton, Kyle Allen, Jermaine Harris, Anna Mikami, Josh Hamilton, Cleo Fraser, Jorja Fox
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Romantic fantasy directed by Ian Samuels. The story follows teen Mark (Kyle Allen), who is contentedly living the same day in an endless loop, but his world is turned upside down when he meets mysterious Margaret (Kathryn Newton), who is also stuck in the time loop. Mark and Margaret form a partnership, setting out to find all the tiny things that make that one day perfect.
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Daniel: Mark, eat something healthy. Mark: To be fair, dad, you’re going to be eating an entire pint of Chubby Hubby by yourself in approximately eight hours.
Mark: [as they’re playing a video game] What if your whole life was like that? Henry: What, where you die and respawn? Mark: Yeah. Or like you go to bed, and when you wake up, it’s the same day all over again, just on repeat. What would you do? Henry: Besides this? Mark: Or in addition. You know? Henry: Switch it up a little.
Henry: Wait, wasn’t that a movie where Bill Murray’s stuck in the same day, till he has sex with his hot boss? Mark: Groundhog Day. Henry: Then that’s it right there. Girls. Mark: You wouldn’t, I don’t know, tie a bunch of balloons to a lawn chair or something? Henry: Dude, no. I’d definitely take the girl.
Mark: You could be a force for good. Henry: Like Batman? Mark: Yeah, like Batman. Henry: But are we talking Dark Knight Batman, or Ben Affleck Batman? Because… Mark: Dude, The Animated Series, obviously. Henry: No, I’d still take the girl. I feel like it would ultimately be more satisfying.
Henry: Maybe it’s like pi though. Just goes on forever. There could be infinite ways for you not to get laid. Then you’d never get out of the loop. Mark: Right, but why would you want to? You’d be the center of the universe. You could do anything. Henry: Yeah, but it could get boring, or lonely. Mark: No way. Man, I mean, you would be like the king of everything.
Henry: But say it’s you, and you tell me. I’d just forget. Mark: Right, but you’d never believe me anyway. Henry: We could’ve had this exact conversation like fifty times already. The repetition. The isolation. You’d be like the last man on Earth.
Henry: [referring to Margaret] Oh, so you’re into her. Mark: No. Henry: So you’re not into her. Mark: Well, like, I’m not not into her.
Henry: [imitates Yoda and Darth Vadar] Feelings for this one you have. Mark: Okay, is that Darth Vader or Yoda? Because you have to pick one. You can’t do both.
Mark: She did drop a flyer for a missing dog though. Henry: Mark, okay. On the flyer, it’ll have her phone number. Mark: Right. Yeah, and I called the number, and some guy picked up. Who does have a daughter, but she’s eight. And he seemed really upset that I was using his personal misfortune to try and meet a girl. Which is fair.
Henry: An alley behind a restaurant? Mark: I doubt she’s looking for actual Tramp from Lady and the Tramp, but thank you. Henry: Maybe it’s better this way, you know? Maybe you were going to have this like doomed, toxic romance. Maybe you dodged a bullet.
Mark: I’m Mark. I just had a quick question. Margaret: Okay. Mark: I was wondering, this is going to sound really strange. God, really bizarre. But are you experiencing any kind of temporal anomaly in your life?
Mark: So what have you been up to with, I mean like I guess, infinite time? Margaret: Oh, you know like solving crimes, and like finding true love. Mark: Really? Margaret: No. I’ve been teaching myself how to drive. Figure it doesn’t matter if I crash because, you know, time loop.
Mark: I was going to try and cure cancer. Like that’s what this was all for. Margaret: Oh, wow. Mark: And then when I figured it out, it would, time would start up again, and I would basically have saved the entire world. Margaret: Oh. How’s that going? Mark: Not that great. So far, not a lot of real progress.
Margaret: Maybe you set your sights like too high. Mark: Yeah. Like maybe I should have just tried to cure athlete’s foot. Margaret: Pink eye. Mark: Indigestion.
Mark: It’s great being the only one who knows what’s going to come next, but it’s also weird. Like everything that’s happened has happened like a thousand times. Everyone’s like sleepwalking, you know? They think this is all there is. Margaret: Yeah. Like everyone else is dreaming, and you’re the only one who’s awake. Mark: Exactly.
Mark: I know it’s wrong to laugh at other people’s misfortune. Margaret: But they are objectively hilarious.
Margaret: Why do you think these things keep happening? Mark: I don’t know. I honestly didn’t figure it out until there was no new Doctor Who.
Margaret: I’m just glad that Stephen Hawking isn’t here to see this, because it totally violates all known science.
Mark: So what’s the craziest thing you’ve done so far? Margaret: Crazy, like…? Mark: I tried to hop a freight train once. Margaret: How did that turn out? Mark: I got way more respect for hobos now.
Margaret: Okay, but what if you were driving your Lamborghini into like a candy shop, and the time loop ended, and you were naked? Mark: See, that is exactly what I’m talking about. You must have done at least one cool thing. Margaret: I put my chess app on maximum difficulty. Mark: And? Margaret: I lost.
Mark: You ever wish that today happened on a different day? Like Christmas, or your birthday?
Mark: I just wish today wasn’t the day my dad decides to have “the talk” about my future. Besides, who knows what they want to be when they’re seventeen? Margaret: I do. Mark: Really? Margaret: Aerospace engineer. Specifically, a NASA Mission Specialist. Mark: Wait. Like an astronaut? Because that’s cool. That’s like a, I mean, it’s just like a big call. Margaret: I have twenty-twenty vision, uncorrected, so.
Margaret: You never know how s**t your friend’s taste in music is till you steal her car. Mark: You stole this car? Margaret: I need it more than Marissa does. And honestly, this song is kind of growing on me. Right?
Mark: God, there must be a lot of people who die today. Margaret: You only just thought of that? A hundred and fifty thousand. Mark: What? Margaret: That’s how many people die every day. A hundred and fifty thousand. Mark: Jeez. And you’d just go through it, over and over again, like Sisyphus. Margaret: Worse. He was just pushing a big rock.
Margaret: I lied before. I love being judgmental.
Mark: You know how the fourth dimension is supposed to be time? Margaret: Yeah. Mark: So what if like these fourth dimensional beings are sort of like toying with us? Like they bent time in a circle, and now we have to live the same day over and over again, like on a hamster wheel. For their amusement.
Margaret: Except time’s not the fourth dimension. Mark: It’s not? Margaret: No. Not in any meaningful Euclidean sense. Mark: Oh, yeah. Well, of course it’s not.
Mark: That’s what I think that this is all about. Margaret: What? Eating all the ice cream in the world, and not getting fat?
Mark: I mean, think about it. Most of life is just junk, right? It’s filler. And then, there’s these moments, when all the randomness turns into something perfect. It’s like life’s dropping all the bulls**t just for a second to show us how amazing it could be all the time, if it wanted to. Margaret: I don’t know. I think maybe we’re supposed to become like better people. Though, I honestly don’t even know how that could be possible.
Mark: I mean, think about it. We must miss so many of them. All those tiny perfect things, they’re just, poof, gone. Lost forever. But not today. Margaret: That is a disturbingly inspirational idea, Mark.
Mark: Why do I always feel like, even though we’re stuck in the same day together, I am never going to see you again? Margaret: Because you watch too much Doctor Who.
Mark: What if we found them all? Margaret: What do you mean? Mark: All the perfect things, in this one town, in this one day. We could collect them.
Mark: We’d be like partners. I mean, talk about seizing the day. The day’s been seized. It’s right here. It’s waiting for us. Margaret: Mark, you don’t understand, okay? I’m not like you. I don’t want to seize the day. I just don’t want the day to seize me. Okay? I’m just trying to get through this. Mark: So am I. We’re not that different, Margaret.
Mark: We’re not like other people. Everyone else gets a brand new day every day, but not us. This is the only one we have. Sometimes I think, what if it’s not enough? I just want it to mean something. Besides, you know, it’s just us. Everyone else is asleep.
Margaret: You know we have three dimensions, right? Right? Mark: Go on. Margaret: Okay, so now think about your shadow. Okay, your shadow is two-dimensional. It’s flat. So think about something that would cast a three-dimensional shadow. That’s the fourth dimension. I mean, technically, we’re just the shadows of four-dimensional people.
Margaret: When I was little, I used to look for it everywhere. I mean, theoretically, it’s around us all the time. We’re just not looking in the right direction. You could see everything from in there. And you could see inside things, you could never get lost. It’s like the whole world is a map of itself. But I never found it. I guess this is all there is. Mark: So you just gave up? Margaret: Well, if the fourth dimension wants to stop hiding like a little b**ch, it knows where to find me.
Margaret: [offers to teach Mark math] I can’t keep hanging out with someone who’s ignorant of basic logarithmic functions. Mark. Mark, look at yourself. You’re a nerd who sucks at math. Where does that leave you? So the first thing that you need to know about math is that it’s always perfect.
Margaret: Can I tell you a secret? Mark: Of course. Margaret: Sometimes I don’t want this day to end. I just want time to stay broken forever.
Mark: Have you ever seen Time Bandits? Margaret: What is that? Mark: OMG. You’ve never heard of Time Bandits? Margaret: Don’t do that. Mark: What? Margaret: Don’t say “OMG” like it’s a thing people say.
Daniel: I was hoping we could have a talk. About your future. Mark: I’m so glad you brought that up, because I’ve actually been considering joining the priesthood. Daniel: Uh-huh. Okay. Mark: Or the Space Force. Better yet, the Space Priests.
Henry: Dude, I saw you last night. You didn’t tell me anything about a girl. Mark: I know. I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it. Henry: You don’t have to make it a big deal. It is objectively big.
Mark: [referring to Margaret] Every night, it’s 6:00 PM, we’re hanging out, and boom, she disappears. Like a vampire. Henry: Actually, that’s more like a reverse vampire. Mark: Okay. Henry: Which is basically just a regular human.
Margaret: You made a map of everything. The whole day. Mark: All the perfect things. Margaret: But you must have just done it like this morning. Mark: Well, I draw it pretty much every day. Margaret: Wow. Boys are so weird.
Mark: [referring to his map] This is going to sound stupid, but I sometimes I think if I stare at it long enough, I’ll find something, like a pattern. I never do. Margaret: That does sound pretty stupid.
Margaret: You made a map of us. Mark: Too bad it’s just going to get erased. Margaret: Yeah, it’s too bad.
Margaret: [after Mark tries to kiss her] Look, Mark, we’re castaways. Except instead of an island, we’re marooned in a day. We’re stuck here together. So I just think that we need to be careful to not mess it up. The “perfect things” thing, that was great. But maybe that’s enough. I just think that maybe we should be friends. And have fun with it. Mark: I don’t want to. Margaret: Well, that’s all I got. So take it or leave it. Mark: Yeah, I guess I’ll take it.
Margaret: [to Mark] I’ll call you tomorrow. Today. Tomorrow.
Mark: It seemed like she was opening up. You know? Seemed happy. Not like happy-happy, but happy for Margaret. Henry: That’s rough, bro. She sounds like an awesome person. Mark: Mm. Henry: No, I’m joking. I literally have no idea who you’re talking about.
Mark: This is the problem. I thought maybe if I went around enough times, I’d get it right. But I guess not. You know what, maybe it is like pi. It’s just wake up, rejection, repeat. Henry: Is that from Edge of Tomorrow? Mark: Yeah, it is.
Mark: Here’s the thing, dad. I don’t have a future. Daniel: You know, I’ve heard that before from people your age, and it’s pessimistic. And frankly, I think it’s a little glib. Mark: Well, I’m a little tired of being the only one around here that knows what’s going on. Daniel: Look, I know about the climate. I am woke. Do not do that “okay, boomer” thing with me.
Mark: You have no idea what it’s like to just have your future canceled for no reason. And don’t lecture me about art school when you quit your job to write some midlife crisis vanity book. Daniel: I don’t think that’s entirely fair, Mark. Mark: Why didn’t you just dye your hair? Or like take a knife skills class? Or just buy a Tesla, dad?
Mark: I may have yelled at him. Emma: You yelled at dad? Mark: I may or may not have told him to purchase a Tesla. Emma: Is that a euphemism? Mark: No.
[after Emma’s told him their dad was fired and that’s why he can’t afford art school] Mark: How do you know all of this? Emma: Psychic powers. Mark: Really? Emma: No. Because I think about other people besides myself. You should try it sometime.
Mark: Is time just a big ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff? Mr. Pepper: Okay, that’s a quote from Doctor Who.
Mark: What if we’re in hell? Like we did something bad, and now we have to live this one day forever as punishment? Mr. Pepper: This conversation is something how I imagine hell would be.
Mark: What about a singularity? You know, those black hole things where physics gets all weird? Mr. Pepper: Yeah, I know what a singularity is. And, I mean, sure. In theory, a singularity could produce a local temporal anomaly. Mark: So we would just have to get out of it. Like get on a plane, and fly out of it. Mr. Pepper: Why not? Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go do the same thing I did yesterday, and then forget about it.
Margaret: I’m starting to think maybe we found them all. Mark: I just had a theory that when we found the last one, that time would start up again. I guess not. Margaret: To be honest, I’m kind of over the whole “perfect thing” thing.
Mark: It’s like you said, we’re stuck here. Margaret: I didn’t mean “stuck” stuck. Everybody else is stuck. We’re free. Free from getting older, from going to school, from climate change, cancer.
Mark: What about all the things that I want to be? We’re saying goodbye to the rest of our lives. We will never do anything that takes longer than sixteen hours. Margaret: Well, I can get a lot done in sixteen hours.
Mark: I feel like I’m living in an Etch A Sketch. Everything I do gets undone. Everything I fix just gets broken. And everything that I make, it just disappears.
Margaret: You know, even before this, I always thought there was something wrong with the world. Like really broken. Not fixable. But nobody else saw it, so I just walked around pretending everything was fine. Mark: And then what happened? Margaret: Nothing. I still feel like that. But with you, I don’t have to pretend.
Mark: I was talking to my math teacher, and he said that we’re probably just in a singularity, and if we go far enough, like, on a plane, we could get out of it. Margaret: Are you really in that much of a hurry?
Mark: [referring to real life outside the time loop] I mean, it’s not going to be perfect. Margaret: It’s the same stupid crap, over and over again, just like in here. Mark: Yeah. But, I mean, you don’t actually think that this is living, do you? We’re stealing people’s lives.
Margaret: We have all the time in the world. Mark: No, we don’t. This is not time. Time is the stuff that when you spend it, you don’t get it back.
Emma: What? Mark: Thought you were going to call me a loser. Emma: No. Mark: You were thinking it though. Emma: Yeah.
Mark: We’re stuck in a time loop. You, me, everybody. Same day is repeating over and over again. Like in Groundhog Day, and Edge of Tomorrow, except only me and this girl, Margaret, know about it. And we were sort of almost boyfriend and girlfriend, but not really. And then we broke up. And you won’t remember any of this because your brain keeps getting erased. Henry: Oh. Wait, dude, you had a girlfriend? Mark: Not really.
Mark: She told me this story about how, when she was a little kid, she was always looking for the fourth dimension. It sounds cheesy, but when I met her, it was kind of like I found it. There was just more to everything than I’d ever seen before. And there was more to me too. And there always had been. I just never realized it until Margaret showed it to me.
Henry: Well, if you’re all fourth-dimensional now, how come she dumped you? Mark: That’s the thing. I thought everything was perfect. But there was more to the story than that. I thought it was a love story, and I was the hero. But it wasn’t about me. It wasn’t my story at all. It was Margaret’s.
Greta: What are you thinking about? Margaret: Just this boy. I messed that up. Greta: It’s never too late. I mean, unless you’re dying of cancer, but not until then.
Margaret: Mark was right. Everything we fix just gets broken again.
Margaret: Yeah, that’s the thing. Death, it’s so terrible. So terrible to lose someone. And if you don’t face it, if you don’t deal with it, then you just end up losing yourself too. Henry: Are we still talking about War Fight?
Margaret: I thought we’d have so much more time. Greta: I know. But you will be alright. Margaret: I don’t know. I don’t know if I can do this. Greta: Listen to me, because I’m old and I know things. It’s true that we’re losing time every day, all the time, until one day it’s all gone. But you’re gaining it too. Every second. Perfect moments, one after the other, until, by the end, you have your whole life. You have everything. And it costs you everything. But it’s worth it. I promise that it’s worth it.
Mark: The plane thing didn’t work. Margaret: You were right about the map though. There is a pattern. It’s just not finished yet. There’s one more perfect moment. Mark: Right. I will keep a lookout. Margaret: I’m serious. I think that there’s one more, and that’s the key. And once we find it, that’s it. It’s all over.
Margaret: [referring to Greta] Before this all happened, I went to go see her, and they told me that it was her time, that it was over. And that night, all I could think about was that tomorrow can’t come yet. I’m not ready. I’m not ready to not have a mom. I just wanted time to stop. Mark: And it worked. Margaret: Yeah. And I was so happy about it. I just wanted to stay in that moment, you know? And then the really weird thing was that you showed up, and I didn’t know where you came from, and why it was you. And now I think I know why. I think it’s because, you know, when it’s time to go, I wouldn’t have to go alone.
Margaret: And it’s time. And it’s not going to be perfect. You know, we’re never going to find the fourth dimension, or cure cancer, or fix the world. The point is, is that I was wrong. We’re the ones sleeping. Everyone else is awake, and it’s just us dreaming. I know it’s going to hurt really bad, but I think that I have to wake up now. I think that this is the moment. Right now. And I don’t want to miss it. [Mark kisses her] Mark: That was kind of perfect. Margaret: There was a hair in my mouth. Kiss me again.
Mark: [after Margaret’s said goodbye to Greta] You ready? Margaret: I don’t know. [at midnight, they walk into the rain, breaking the loop]
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