The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

Eric Bress (2003)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Just Married and Dude, Where's My Car? goofball Ashton Kutcher takes on a more serious role in this ambitious supernatural thriller. Written and directed by Final Destination 2 scribes J Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress, it's based on the idea of chaos theory, which speculates that the smallest of events can have the hugest of consequences. In a plot that feels lifted from The Twilight Zone, Kutcher plays a troubled college student who discovers he has the ability to go back in time and rewrite the past. Touching on provocative themes such as child abuse, disability and terminal illness, Gruber and Bress have created a powerful and disturbing tale. Despite being spoilt by a rushed and overly simplistic conclusion, it's surprisingly dark and adult for a Hollywood project. In contrast to his joker reputation, Kutcher delivers a strong and believable performance, though his co-stars, with the exception of a stomach-churningly good Eric Stoltz, are largely unremarkable.


A college student discovers he can travel back in time to his troubled childhood and change future events for himself and his friends - but his meddling in the course of history leads to unforeseen consequences when he returns to the present day. Supernatural thriller, starring Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Eric Stoltz, William Lee Scott and Melora Walters.

Cast & Crew

Evan Treborn Ashton Kutcher
Kayleigh Miller Amy Smart
George Miller Eric Stoltz
Tommy Miller William Lee Scott
Andrea Treborn Melora Walters
Lenny Kagan Elden Henson
Jason Treborn Callum Keith Rennie
Mrs Boswell Lorena Gale
Director Eric Bress
Director J Mackye Gruber
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray