‘The Map of Tiny Perfect Things’ revisits an old story and offers audiences life lessons


“The Map of Tiny Perfect Things,” written by Lev Grossman and directed by Ian Samuels, is a romantic science fiction film that was released in February. The film, which follows the premise of the 1993 classic “Groundhog Day,” is playful, fun and filled with life lessons. The movie exhibits wonderful character development and, in my opinion, is well worth watching.

Kyle Allen stars as high school senior Mark, a nerdy yet charming kid who wakes up to the same repeating day where nobody but Mark knows that they are in a time loop. Mark seems to be loving his life, acting like he is on top of the world. He is a walking miracle in his small town where he helps others by stopping accidents before they happen – because he has already witnessed them hundreds of times. Mark spends his time doing whatever he wants: hanging out by the pool, dangerously driving around town in a big bulldozer or just playing video games with his best friend.

Each day, Mark watches the same incident play out by a pool, until one day the pattern is broken by a girl he has never seen before. When he is eventually able to meet her, he is surprised to learn that he is not in the time loop alone: Margaret, played by Kathryn Newton, is in it, too.

As their friendship begins to grow, the pair decide to use their time looking for all the good in the one day they have. Boredom is replaced with adventure as they explore each “new” day. Throughout it all, their relationship is both compelling and complex, and leaves viewers wondering whether the two wanted to break the loop at all.

“The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” encourages audiences to consider whether we are getting the most out of our lives as each day passes us by. The attention-grabbing film offers a terrific life lesson for all of us, and it is definitely worth the watch.

Grade: B+