“The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” is more than a romcom

Still cheesy and fun, the film presents the audience with deeper questions and messages.

Lauren McBride, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Including romance, time travel and lost dogs—“The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” is truly a unique story. As a time travel movie, it is charmingly predictable, and as a romantic comedy, it is heartwarmingly fun. Original yet familiar, this film is an enjoyable watch with elements such as unexpected twists and philosophical questions that make it more than just a simple rom-com. In addition, its ability to blend lightheartedness with emotional scenes and meaningful impact will appeal to many audiences.


“The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” follows Mark, a 17-year-old boy who suddenly finds himself trapped in a time loop, reliving the same day over and over again. For a while, Mark used his days attempting different methods of getting the same girl. But he constantly wonders if there is something more worthwhile he can be doing with his time, something beneficial to the world. 

When he meets Margaret, an adventurous, introspective teen, he finds she is the only other person aware of their predicament. She and Mark begin showing each other little satisfying moments they have found from repeating the same day over and over again, from an eagle grabbing a fish out of the water to a skater girl landing the perfect trick. However, Margaret has a mysterious aura, as she disappears at the same time every day.

The story may prove familiar to some and reminiscent of other plotlines from popular films such as “Edge of Tomorrow,” which is referenced multiple times during the movie. However, the fact that “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” combines both science fiction and romantic comedy makes it a standout in both genres.


Mark and Margaret, with no knowledge of why they are stuck in a time loop, decide to make the most of their time. They decide to find as many of these small perfect moments as possible in this one town on this one day and keep track of each one. This leads to a montage of beautiful moments across the town, including an elderly couple dancing and a person helping a turtle across the road. The story encourages audiences to find joy in the little things, and proves that these tiny perfect moments are all around in plain sight.

“The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” presents a variety of side stories that raise deep, philosophical questions as well. The film prompts audiences to think about the best ways to make the most of their time, what makes for a “perfect moment” and when it is time to let these moments pass.

Though classic rom-com cheesiness permeates the writing, the film has many redeeming qualities that help audiences understand the importance of living in the present. “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” may not be for everyone, but it is worth the watch.

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