Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow (his feature film debut)

Written by: Derek Connolly, inspired by a 1997 Backwoods Home Magazine classified ad apparently

Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson, Mark Duplass, Karan Soni, Jenica Bergere, Kristen Bell, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Jeff Garlin

What it’s about: a trio of reporters investigates a classified ad placed by someone looking to time travel

B-Movie Alternate Title: SWM for Time Travel

Movie Mash Up: Napoleon Dynamite + oh, I dunno, Primer?  Maybe not.  That might be too cerebral of a combination.

What I liked: Put Aubrey Plaza in everything.  She is wonderful.  Also, Jake Johnson (from TV’s “New Girl”) is great.  I liked most of the execution of the story, and it was entertaining enough for me to want to watch again.

What I disliked: The subplot involving Jake Johnson and Jenica Bergere’s characters seemed pointless.  Johnson’s character didn’t really grow from the experience, and it really had no huge impact on the overall arc.  Wasn’t a fan of the ending either, as it was too decisive in this day and age of the ambiguous ending.

Would I recommend it to anyone?: I enjoyed it, and it was funny enough, so I’d say sure, though it isn’t a briskly paced movie.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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