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Time Travel Or No? A Short Review of the 2012 film Safety Not Guaranteed


Early this morning I couldn’t sleep so I finished watching Safety Not Guaranteed a film about three journalists who answer a man’s ad for a partner for time travel in order to get a story for their magazine. It was a typical Indie film. Quirky, people in situations that probably don’t make sense in real life (but that’s the way  it is with most comedy films really), and things being underplayed. But it was charming and a bit of a Rom Com and it had a cool ending. Don’t watch it expecting an Indie Back to the Future. It is less than that and so much more. I did laugh out loud at times, which is refreshing as many comedies don’t even make that happen for me, I can’t say much more about the plot because it will give things away. Mostly it is an indie Rom Com and not so much a Science Fiction film, although there might be some of that or not. I am not saying either way. Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Rec) is admirably understated in her role of Darius Britt, the intern who answers the ad, if maybe a little too deadpan at times, and Mark Duplass (co-director ofJeff , Who Lives At Home) is varied, but authentic and at times justifiably erratic in his portrayal of the alleged time machine inventor, Kenneth Calloway. There are also surprisingly endearing little side stories going on with the other two journalists played by Jake Johnson and Karan Soni. It is about 90 minutes long and I was sad when it ended because it was over. Grade: A-

Here’s the trailer for it.


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