Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

WANTED: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.

You know, I wanted to see Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) when it came out in 2012, but the stars weren’t aligned. We were looking for a good movie to watch New Year’s Eve (as is our annual tradition), and we decided on this little indie flick. The film stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, and Karan Soni. The premise of the film is based on an early Internet meme about this crazy online newspaper ad that an editor once posted as filler, but it caught some unexpected attention from the masses.

In this film produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, a magazine is looking for ideas for articles, and one writer (Jake Johnson) discovers a Craigslist a seeking a companion for time travel. He takes two interns (Plaza, Soni) along to perform the research. John son’s character really only wants to go to look up an old flame of his, and his initial encounter with the fellow who wrote the ad (Duplass) goes poorly. Aubrey Plaza’s character is sent in instead, and she and the “time traveler” eventually hit it off.

They (and the audience) do spend most of the film wondering if this guy is for real, or if he’s crazy, which is one storyline. There are three other stories weaved in around each of the characters of Plaza, Johnson, and Soni. I admit to falling asleep halfway through the film, but I blame on having wine and watching a film late at night. We finished the film a day later, and i have to say that I really liked the film. It’s good writing, and the characters are all interesting.


Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

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