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Cult Movie Essentials: Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (stylised as FAQ About Time Travel) is a 2009 comic science fiction film directed by Gareth Carrivick from a script by Jamie Mathieson.

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The film follows two social outcasts and their cynical friend 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. On its television premiere on BBC Two on 1 August 2010, the film was dedicated to its director Gareth Carrivick, who had died earlier in the year.

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CAST

  • Chris O’Dowd as Ray, the imagineer
  • Dean Lennox Kelly as Pete, the cynic
  • Marc Wootton as Toby, the dreamer
  • Anna Faris as Cassie, the time traveller
  • Meredith MacNeill as Millie, time traveller

PLOT

Ray (Chris O’Dowd) has been fired from his job as a costumed guide in a theme park attraction called “Star Ride”. Ray’s good friends Pete (Dean Lennox Kelly) and Toby (Marc Wootton) work at the theme park restaurant and they all decide to go to a cinema and pub after they leave.

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Ray meets an American girl named Cassie (Anna Faris) who claims to have a time machine built into her body and whose job is to find and repair “time leaks” and stop “editors”. Understandably, Ray’s friends have some trouble believing him.

However, they end up traveling back and forth through time within the pub. Hints about their journey appear in different time stops. They meet a second time traveller, named Millie (Meredith MacNeill). Cassie is told about Millie and is immediately suspicious, with good reason. Cassie’s time machine is taken offline and she finally meets Millie. Millie makes Toby an offer to die and be a legend which, of course, he refuses.

At the end of the movie, the three friends walk home wondering about the events in the pub when Cassie appears through a big glowing portal. She reveals that they have only fourteen hours to save the Earth (a reference to the film Flash Gordon), and urges them to go with her to a parallel universe.

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