”Take the guesswork out of love.”
— TiMER product advertisement
takes place in an alternate history
version of the United States in which, at some point in the nineties
, the TiMER—an incredibly accurate device that counts down to the day the wearer will meet his or her destined mate—was invented, changing the way people thought and acted about romance and relationships. The story follows Oona, an unfortunate woman whose TiMER remains blank, indicating that her “one” has yet to even get a TiMER, and her solution to this has been (unsuccessfully) dating numerous TiMER-less men and forcing them to get one installed. Oona is forced to change her dating habits when she meets Mikey, a young and impulsive grocery clerk and drummer with a functioning TiMER. He invites Oona to live in the present instead of stressing about the future.
This film provides examples of:
- Aerith and Bob: Lampshaded when Mikey admits that he found Oona's practice because "there aren't many orthodontists with your first name."
- Alliterative Name: Oona O'Leary
- Broken Aesop: Steph and Oona both begin to believe that they don't need the TiMERs to find true love and go to get them removed but then Oona's TiMER finally goes off and found her soulmate in Dan (her sister's boyfriend). Instead of deciding to go with Mikey, who she is in love with, Oona breaks up with him and she and Dan are implied to get together in the end like the TiMER predicted at the expense of Steph and Mikey.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mikey, in spades.
Oona: When do you get off?
Oona: Do you want me to repeat myself?
Mikey: Yeah, into the loudspeaker if you don't mind.
- Disappeared Dad: Oona's biological father.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Oona dreams about boiling eggs with her one, who is wearing a mask. Later, when she breaks up with Mikey, he's boiling eggs. Then when she sees Dan, he has the same mask.
- Dumb and Drummer: Mikey. Among other foibles, he interrupts a brief conversation twice because he doesn't know the words being used. His idiocy helps make the outcome less of a foregone conclusion based on the TiMER alone.
- Easily Forgiven: Steph to Oona for all but stealing her boyfriend.
- Falling in Love Montage
- Handwave: It's never explained how the TiMER really works; it's simply accepted fact that it does. Even by Mikey.
- Happily Married: Oona’s mother and stepfather
- Hey, It's That Guy!: It's Anya from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Quinn from Dexter!
- The Lad-ette: Oona’s stepsister Steph is the crudest person in the entire film
- Likes Older Women: There is a good eight-year age difference between Mikey and Oona by the end of the movie
- Love at First Sight: TiMER employees are quick to note that most romances develop over time, some of them are outright belligerent in the beginning.
- Magitek: The timers
- Maligned Mixed Marriage: Luz and Marion agree that they would have preferred that Jesse and Soledad’s relationship play out with them marrying in secret to force their families to accept them
- Meaningful Name: Oona sounds like "one" in Latin, Spanish, and several other Romance languages.
- Most Writers Are Male: Averted; the film was written and directed by the entirely female Jac Schaeffer
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Dan’s last name is never revealed; he is simply known as “Dan the Man” (even in the credits).
- Only The Female Lead Gets A Happy Ending: Oona finds her soulmate in Dan but in doing so she breaks the hearts of Mikey and also her own step sister Steph who was also in love with Dan.
- Sibling Triangle: When Oona’s TiMER does go off, it ends up syncing with Steph’s newly TiMER-equipped boyfriend, Dan
- Red String of Fate: The timers
- The Reveal: Oona's soulmate is.... Dan, her sister's boyfriend.
- Sad Times Montage
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Oona and Mikey.