TADFF19: James vs. His Future Self

James vs. His Future Self (2019) 1h 34min | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 17 September 2019 (Canada) Summary: When an uptight time-travelling obsessed young scientist is visited by his nihilistic future self, he's told that he needs to give up his dream of becoming the world's first time traveler, ... See full summary »
Countries: CanadaLanguages: English

A time-travel obsessed scientist is visited by an older version of himself in James vs. His Future Self. James (Jonas Chernick) is a scientist who spends all day trying to figure out time travel, hoping to impress his boss Dr. Edna Rowley (Frances Conroy). Ignoring everyone in his life except his sister Meredith (Tommie-Amber Pirie) and best friend Courtney (Cleopatra Coleman), James is approached by Jimmy (Daniel Stern), who claims to be himself from the future. Jimmy warns James that his hunt for time travel ends up ruining his life and that he should change the trajectory before it is too late.

James vs. His Future Self is a sci-fi-themed comedy from writer/director Jeremy LaLonde (Sex After Kids, How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town) and co-writer and star Jonas Chernick. In the film, Chernick’s character of James is visited by his 60-year-old self, played wonderfully by character actor Daniel Stern, who warns James that pursuing time travel would lead to a life of loneliness and misery. Instead, Jimmy urges James to pay attention to the needs of his sister Meredith and also to not ignore his feelings for Courtney.

James vs. His Future Self

James vs. His Future Self is a film that greatly benefits from the stunt-casting of Daniel Stern as the crotchety future self of Jonas Chernick’s James. Best known as Marv from the Home Alone films, Stern gives the right mix of concern and psychopathic behaviour, in his efforts to save James’ life. Admittedly, James himself is a relatively self-centred character for most of the film, who ignores the good things he has in the present, particularly in regards to his relationship with Courtney. However, by the end, James vs. His Future Self turns out to be a quite heartfelt journey of self-discovery.

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