The Time Travelers Wife

Theatrical Release: August 14, 2009
The Time Travelers Wife


“The Time Traveler’s Wife” is based on the best-selling book about a love that transcends time. Clare (Rachel McAdams) has been in love with Henry (Eric Bana) her entire life. She believes they are destined to be together, even though she never knows when they will be separated: Henry is a time traveler—cursed with a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, skipping back and forth through his lifespan with no control. Despite the fact that Henry’s travels force them apart with no warning, Clare desperately tries to build a life with her one true love.

Dove Review

This fantasy movie includes time travel, romance, death, and even a couple of reunions with loved ones who have passed, the reunion aided by the help of time travel. It is a story which is good at getting the viewer to think about deceased loved ones they would see again if they could. When Henry (Eric Bana) travels back in time and meets his future wife as a little girl, it sets up some interesting scenarios. For instance, in another venture back the young girl Clare (Rachel McAdams) wants to know if Henry is married in the future. When he tells her yes she becomes jealous and Henry smiles, not telling her that it is she he is married to in the future! There are some moments like these which set up some interesting scenes.

Regrettably, the film includes strong language, sex between an unmarried couple, and some rear nudity, which places it outside of our guidelines in being able to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal as a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Sex: An unmarried couple have sex; the beginning of the lovemaking is seen; a man fondles a woman's breast under her clothing.
Language: GD-1; J/JC-2; Ch*ist-1; SOB-1; D-1; H-4; A-5; S-7
Violence: A young boy bloodies his head when the car he is riding in is in an accident; a woman's car is struck a second time and there is an explosion of fire, resulting in her death; an adult is accidentally shot by deer hunters and is wounded in his stomach; blood seen three times as a result of miscarriages; a street fight takes place for a few moments with two guys punching each other.
Drugs: A character and his father both pour alcohol into coffee; several scenes with some drinking including wine served with dinner and champagne served at a wedding.
Nudity: Rear male and female nudity seen a few times; shirtless men; brief beach scene with people in swim wear; cleavage; a male character is seen nude from the side but it is not a graphic scene.
Other: A character gets a vasectomy; a character briefly vomits; the topic of death and grief.


Company: New Line Cinema
Writer: Bruce Joel Rubin and Audrey Niffenegger
Producer: Dede Gardner
Genre: Science-Fiction
Runtime: 107 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter