In Our Times, we get a sweet, funny coming-of-age story that will leave you giddy and reminiscent after.
Recalling a time when she was a hapless, clumsy and awkward teenage girl experiencing love for the first time and the bittersweet feeling that came with it, Truly Lin remembers how she received a chain letter and, in fear, sends it out to five people, one of whom happens to be the school bad boy/bully. When he finds out Truly was the one to “curse” him, he bullies her into becoming his errand girl, but over time they become friends and the two start to find there may be more to their relationship than just platonic affection.
Our Times is one of those teen films that people like me just can’t get enough of. Though it’s sometimes a little crudely delivered and some of the jokes come off as sexist or just plain inappropriate due to the vastly different culture with which the characters live, it’s endearing and pretty adorable with two main protagonists you can (and will) happily root for.
Truly is so likable in all her awkward glory and though she does go through a mini makeover about halfway through the film, she remains the same Truly that we became enamoured with from the start. She’s a little bit like Mia from The Princess Diaries in that she seems extremely approachable both before and after her makeover and retains her awkward charm. Though she wishes she were prettier or more popular, she doesn’t think she’s ugly or a social leper. She makes the best of the cards she’s dealt and doesn’t let it stop her from being her true, quirky self.
So, if you want a feel-good movie that will make you grin from ear to ear, Our Times is a definitely must-see.
Our Times is playing as part of this year’s Reel Asian Film Festival and will screen on November 8 at 8pm and again on November 9 at 4pm, both at AGO Jackman Hall.