Micheal Newman is far from the happiest man. His job calls, and if he wants to get a promotion, all his focus should go that way. His family calls though, and the constant disagreements he has with his wife are over how much time he's spending with his family children. When his TV remote breaks, he's on the verge of popping, and runs to Bed Bath and Beyond to get a new one, and finds himself in the Beyond section of the store. A strange old man named Morty offers him a special remote, still not out in the market, and gives it to Micheal for free, stating that "good men need second chances". After using the remote for the second time, he realizes that it's literally Universal - as in it controls the Universe, not just all TVs. He starts fast forwarding the boring parts of his day - fights with is wife, long work meetings, boring family get-togethers, times he's ill, until one day, the remote fast-forwards without being touched, to his work promotion. He frantically calls for Morty when he realizes he has just skipped one year of his life. Morty informs him that there's no going back, and the remote has been programmed to look at the situation, and, based on his earlier actions. Micheal tries to destroy the remote to no avail. Whenever Micheal fast-forwards, his consciousness is taken into the future, but his body is still present, still goes through the actions, on "auto-mode", which is like a husk of him - no emotions, no feelings, no memory, just a living, breathing zombie. He destroys his relationship with his wife, and hurts his children's feeling, unknowingly, more times than he can count. Then her slips and bumps his head, and surprise, surprise, fast-forward. The problem is that he's fast-forwarded 3 years, and he is now a ginormous fat man, the co-president at his company. Fast forward to when he is finally promoted to president of the company, Fast Forwards as he falls ill with cancer for 7 years, fast forward to the next happy moment in his life, and the next, and the next, all with him accomplishing something at work. He misses the death of his father, and the last time he saw his father was on "auto mode", where he barely acknowledges the existence of his father. He finally (automatically) fast forwards to his son's wedding, where he gets a heart-attack that leaves death knocking at his feet. And as he lay on his death bed, his son informs him that the honeymoon has been cancelled, as he has a company meeting, and Micheal realizes that his son is committing the same mistake - choosing work over family - that has ultimately led to his ruin.
Well, that's it. I've already said too much, revealed more than I was planning to, but hopefully, it will leave you wanting to watch the film. It was heart wrenching, but the ending was happy and hopeful (unlike the Titanic), and I really do advise you to watch the movie.
And if there's a moral to the story, it goes along the lines of realizing how precious our life is, and how fast it can pass by, and how it's important to have your priorities and goals all set up, and, well, yeah.
That's all, Folks!