Press Play Movie Review, Press Play Movie Plot

A delightful but unforgettable love story

  As you probably already know, music has the power to transcend time. Playing a favorite song from our past can make us reflect on our lives as we begin to remember where we were when that particular tune first struck a chord with us. It can remind us of people we once knew and make us think about ourselves and the person we were then. Music is almost magical in this respect, but I suppose none of us have experienced the transformation like Laura (Clara Rugaard), the protagonist of Press Play.

  When Laura plays songs from a mix tape she made with her boyfriend Harrison (Lewis Pullman), she is literally transported back in time. Since the logic of time travel is a bit fuzzy, we never find out how it happened. But that’s not necessarily something you need to worry about, as the time-transcending power of Laura’s cassette tape isn’t actually the main focus of the film in Greg Björkman’s debut feature. There are bigger themes at play here, as we’ll mention after a brief synopsis of the film. 


 Laura is a young artist who wants to spend her days painting and meeting her best friend Chloe (Lyrica Okano). She’s single, but not for long, as Chloe introduces Laura to her brother Harrison, who works at a local music store called Lost And Found, owned by wise old sage Cooper (Danny Glover).

  Laura and Harrison hit it off immediately, and after a few short scenes combining their love of physical music and going surfing together, the two fall in love. Wow!

  Unfortunately, their chances of happiness are dashed when Harrison is hit and killed by a car. However, when Laura discovers that the mix tape she made with Harrison has the power to transport her back in time, she discovers that she may still have a chance at happiness with Harrison. Each song takes him back to the time and place he and Harrison recorded the song, as he tries to warn her of his impending death.

  Does he save her?

 Laura’s mission to save Harrison and her relationship does not go well. After saving him from a tragic end, he discovers that death isn’t quite ready to give up on its victim. Despite Harrison’s best efforts, he continues to die.

  As Laura tries to find a way to prevent this from happening, she must also come to terms with the consequences of her time travel. You see, his actions not only change the course of Harrison’s future, but also the lives of the people around him. 

 It all stems from the classic theory of the “butterfly effect” – a small change in the past can have unexpected consequences in the future. If only Laura had spent more time watching time travel movies and less time collecting music, she would have known not to interfere with the events of the time stream!

Time Travel 

  However, since the film doesn’t dwell on the complexities of time travel, you shouldn’t expect a head-scratching puzzle box of a story. Instead, it’s a film about grief, loss and second chances. These are all interconnected themes, so even though the film defies logic fairly regularly, you can still identify with the young couple at the center of this tender love story. 

 Like Laura, you have struggled to let go of a relationship that has ended. You may also wish (or have wished) for a second chance to be with people you once loved but are now gone. It’s easy to put ourselves in Laura’s shoes, even if we don’t use the tape to give them a “quantum leap”!.


There’s a lot to like about the film. From the sunny locales of Hawaii to an eclectic indie soundtrack with a range of songs worthy of your own mixtapes (or Spotify playlists). The two leads have strong chemistry together, so it’s easy to buy into their relationship. Both actors deliver believable performances, even if the dialogue they’re given isn’t always believable.

Love Story 

  Unfortunately, this is not as much of a movie as it could have been as the love story is rushed and there are a few gaps in the story. As a result, the film is never as moving as it should be, so while you may be touched by Laura’s plight after Harrison’s death, you may not be emotionally invested in her journey. If more time was spent getting to know these characters, both inside and outside of their relationships, this could have been a tear-jerking drama. Instead, the filmmakers only scratch the surface where they should go deeper.

  Despite these flaws, Press Play isn’t a bad movie, but you’ll hardly remember where you were when you first watched it because it won’t stick in your memory for very long. The film is interesting in its own right, but if you’re looking for another time travel story about grief and the importance of spending time with the people you love, you might want to revisit About Time, as this film does. these topics in a more comprehensive and emotionally resonant way.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *