Jamie started scrolling through options and decided we were watching *something* by the RiffTrax or MST3K guys. She settled on something called Time Chasers, which had been covered by MST3K at some point, but RiffTrax had covered it again during a live show a few years back, and that's what we watched.
Look, if this movie was good, it *probably* wouldn't be a RiffTrax selection.
Edit: hours after watching this, a making-of YouTube video showed up in my algorithm, and I watched the first part. It turns out, the movie was written and directed by a 19-year-old. So, I am impressed in some ways. I assume no real film school, and a lot of moxie. And yet...
It's a movie that both really takes the concept of time travel seriously and works through the implications, but also has a plot that requires the characters be utter morons who have *not* thought out the implications - such as, hey, maybe selling your time travel device to a corporation could have consequences.
It's your usual no-budget, big-dreams, let's use all the things we can borrow from friends, sci-fi indie feature that was a staple of MST3K programming and shoot-your-shot movie-making of the era. Cast with people who were the best to audition, usually with regional accents, and the actress who looked closest to what a Hollywood actress might look like.
Like a community theater production of a play that you realize isn't quite working, you still want to cheer everyone on. Until you realize, no one has told anyone involved that this script needed some work, and you're allowed to leave things on the cutting room floor.
Anyway, you get the picture.
The Riff is a lot of fun, and I recommend.