4. Domhnall Gleeson is your new favorite ginger.
In his first leading role, Gleeson is undeniably cute as Tim, an ambitious lawyer who moves away from the family nest to start a life of his own in London. While a job and a place to live are important, what he really wants is a girlfriend. That convenient family secret comes in handy when he needs to build his confidence, and is essential when he comes across the woman of his dreams (McAdams). Modest to a fault, Gleeson is a convincing romantic lead in that boy-from-your-English-class sort of way. As an actor, talent runs through his blood: Domhnall’s father is Irish actor Brendan Gleeson. The two worked together in 2010’s Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows — Part 1 (Domhnall as Bill Weasley; Brendan reprising his role as Mad-Eye Moody). Also, Domhnall is a-dorable (we feel the need to emphasize this).
5. Rachel McAdams is yet again relegated to the present day.After starring in The Time Traveler’s Wife and Midnight In Paris, this is her third (count ‘em!) time travel movie–and the third time travel movie in which she doesn’t get to have any fun. McAdams plays Mary, the Kate Moss-obsessed American object of young Tim’s affection. It takes more than one first impression to get things just right, and when they do, we see their love blossom over many years. Neither Mary nor any of the women in the Lake family have any knowledge of their loved ones’ time traveling, which puts them at an awkward disadvantage and creates several unbalanced relationships. “I’ve now done three films with time travel in them and I’ve not gotten to time travel once so I’m kind of bitter about that,” McAdams told the AAP. “[But] I think it just made it all a little smoother that not everyone was allowed to know.” Fourth time’s a charm, RM.
6. It’ll make you cry over a Ben Folds song.Were you waiting until the return of NBC’s The Sing-Off to care about Ben Folds again? His version of the “The Luckiest” for the film’s soundtrack will change that.