”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."
- 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.
- 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 after Oona decides to keep her TiMER.
- 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
- 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:Averted. TiMER employees are quick to note that most romances develop over time, some of them are outright belligerent in the beginning, and it's also mentioned by several people that they didn't fall in love because the timer told them to, it just lead them to each other. All relationships are said progress and grow naturally.
- 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 Leads Get a Happy Ending: Oona finds her soulmate in Dan but in doing so she breaks the heart of Mikey and damages Steph's friendship with Dan.