Reviewed by: Dr. WJ Kimble
Starring: D. David Morin, Gavin MacLeod, Hal Linden, Jennifer O'Neill, Richard Riehle, Paul Rodriguez | Directed by: Rich Christiano | Produced by: Rich Christiano, Kevin Downes | Written by: Rich Christiano | Distributor: Five and Two Pictures
As a young man, I would listen to the enchanting voice, of Rod Serling, as he would say, “The place is here and now; and the journey into the shadows that we are about to watch could be your journey.” And for a short period of time it was so, as each of us prepared to enter the outer reaches known as the “Twilight Zone.” But what if we could go beyond the “here and now”? What if time could be breached and we could travel, not only back in time but forward, into the future? What would we find? What new things would we discover?
Suppose for a moment that we could experience, first hand, the results of our actions? Would we be satisfied? Or terrified? Would it even matter? Let’s be honest, every one of us has done something that we wished we could undo. Some wrong that we wish could right.
Russell Carlisle (D. David Morin), a professor at Grace Bible Seminary, gets his chance, in the new sci-fi movie, “Time Changer”. Having just completed his new manuscript, “The Changing Times,” professor Carlisle is vehemently confronted by Dr. Norris Anderson (Gavin McLeod, “The Love Boat” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”), who believes that this new manuscript could seriously alter the future. Having done all he could, to convince the professor of the seriousness of his teachings, Dr. Anderson (with the help of his secret time machine) transports professor Carlisle more than a hundred years into the future.
Finding a newspaper laying nearby, professor Carlisle notices that the date is October 21, 2000. Through a series of minor mishaps, he quickly discovers that the times have changed considerably since 1890. Lost, confused, and overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of these new surroundings, he makes his way to the local library, where he meets Michelle Bain (Jennifer O'Neill—Summer of ’42), who (with great patience and understanding) meticulously helps him to understand the changes in society and its norms.
Hoping that he could find someone that he could relate to, professor Carlisle searches out a local church. Seeing a local laundromat, he meets Eddie Martinez (Paul Rodriquez, “Blood Work”), the owner, and asks him where the nearest church is. Of course, anyone who knows Paul Rodriqez’s work realizes that this is going to be a funny scenario.
Through it all, professor Carlisle realizes that his writings have had such a great impact on society that it created a generation that is obsessed with selfish interests and greed. Since he regrets having ever written his manuscript, he returns (presumably) to undo the wrongs that he had begun to set into motion.
Professor Carlisle’s naivete brings some of the more delightful moments to the picture. For instance, when he bows his head to pray for the food he is about to eat, a little girl steals his hot dog. In another scene, he enters the Signature Stadium 10 (a local movie theater) to watch his first movie and goes berserk as he vividly expresses his concerns about the language that was used. And everyone in the theater laughed when he entered a local department store and saw a mannequin dressed in women’s lingerie.
In true Hollywood style, Rich Christiano, the director and screenwriter, brought out the best in all his cast members. Philip Hurn, cinematographer, captures the very essence of the 1890 setting with a stunning portrayal of the twenty-first century. Hal Linden’s (Barney Miller) portrayal of the dean of the college, who desperately tries to get the differences between professor Carlisle and Dr. Anderson resolved, is astounding. “Time Changers” is a refreshingly, delightful movie that is both relevant for our times and thought provoking. It is a truly remarkable movie!
“Time Changer” is a MUST see movie. (For showtimes during its limited theatrical release, see TimeChangerMovie.com.) Bring your family, friends, even your grandchildren. You will not be ashamed! It is clean, wholesome and delightfully funny! There is no swearing or nudity (in any form—not even the manniquin wearing lingerie is seen). There is nothing present that would cause you to be ashamed (unless you are a wishy-washy Christian).
The primary audience is teen to adult only because some of the message is beyond a younger person’s ability to understand. But, having said that, even the children will understand the major theme of this movie!
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