The title itself is part of the geek charm of this British comedy centered around three guys and a pub where time leaks create a fascinating night for them. It is laced with gag references to science fiction and fantasy tropes and the world of geek chic. As a time travel story it ultimately fails, but has a lot of fun doing so, and is well worth watching.
Ray, Toby, and Pete leave a bad movie to drop into a pub for a pint, or several pints. Ray favors everything geek except the labels; he insists that they should not call themselves “nerds” but “imagineers”. Toby (sometimes called “Tobe”) is more a geek wannabe, nowhere near as informed or eager as Ray, but has aspirations to be a filmwriter. Pete is the kind of geek who thinks that if he at least pretends he knows nothing about geek culture he’s not a geek. Having just watched a bad movie, the trio decide to write a letter to Hollywood to tell them how to make better movies, and Toby tears a page out of his script ideas notebook on which to write it.
The event rundown from there, in the order we see it, starts with Ray meeting a girl named Cassie in the cozy, a smaller adjacent room; Cassie says that she is a time traveler who works fixing time leaks, but she wanted to take the opportunity to meet him because he will be famous. He believes his friends hired her as a gag, and tells them the story; they believe he has invented it.
Clean-shaven Pete leaves for the bathroom, saying that when he returns they should leave for a different pub; when he returns, however, everyone in the room is dead, including a version of himself with a heavy growth of beard. He runs back to the gents’, then decides to slip away; but when he is doing this, he hears talk in the pub and follows it back. The song he was singing when he left is finishing on the juke box, and his friends are fine, and now they don’t believe his story. He persuades them to enter the gents’, and when they emerge they are in the past, less than an hour. Ray hides them in a closet.
He remembers that Cassie is talking to him in the cozy, and intercepts her leaving; now she thinks he is mocking her when he tells her the leak is in the men’s room, storms out, and returns the next instant, six months later for her. She assures him that she has fixed everything, but they should simply wait for their selves to enter the gents’ and then return to the bar. They are doing this, stop to use the bathroom, and knowing that their other selves just entered the gents’ they use the ladies’, where another time leak sends them to a post-apocalyptic future. Pete immediately re-enters the ladies’, but before Ray and Toby can decide whether to follow he emerges from the gents with the full beard he previously saw, raving about the dangers.
They scrounge warmer clothes and weapons, and discover a mural of themselves dressed in the clothes they just donned sitting at their table in the bar holding that letter. They then re-enter the gents, encounter themselves, and emerge in a near-future at a fan party for them. Another time traveler, Millie, meets them there and returns them (by way of the gents’) to their own time. Cassie arrives and discovers Millie’s involvement; but Millie’s intention is to kill the trio immediately after they have written that famous paper. In a major confrontation, she kills everyone and leaves. Beardless Pete emerges from the gents’, sees the carnage, and flees.
With his last dying effort, Ray upsets a glass, dissolving the ink on the paper such that they will never become famous, and everything reverts to them sitting in the bar before Cassie arrived. They leave for a different pub.
There are a few games played in the last minutes of the movie, including the return of Cassie to get Ray, but they are not part of the main story. It is as they say holier than Swiss cheese, but still a lot of fun, and offers some interesting talking points for our series ahead.