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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Aubrey Plaza
Mark Duplass
Jake Johnson
Karan Soni.
Directors
Colin Trevorrow.
Screenwriters
Derek Connolly.
Running Time
86 minutes

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Plot
College grad Darius (Aubrey Plaza) interns at a Seattle magazine and lives at home with her grieving dad. Unhappy with her lot, she answers a mysterious ad that promises time travel, "safety not guaranteed".


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A mysterious ad in the personal columns of a local paper — from a man searching for a time-travelling soulmate — is the launching pad for this unusually obtuse indie rom-com. Rookie journalist Darius Britt (Aubrey Plaza) is hired to investigate its author, and the quest leads her to the eccentric Kenneth (Mark Duplass), a conspiracy theorist-cum-inventor-cum-grocery clerk. Kenneth is neither lovable nor especially scary, and, as with Plaza’s sullen heroine, there’s a realism here that plays nicely with the fantasy element. Is he just insane or a troubled genius? The film keeps us guessing, but the pair are so engaging it would pan out either way.


Verdict
An endearingly oddball indie sci-fi.


Reviewed by Damon Wise

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Cheesy title I know, couldn't think of anything witty and original! I absolutely adored this movie. It had such an innocent charm to it and you actually felt something for the characters. Whichever way it was going to end - either he really is mad or he's a genius - I didn't care I just didn't want it to end. The charm of the final reveal gave me a cheesy grin I couldn't wipe off for days. I would love to go back in time to watch it for the first time again, and again, and again... ... More

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Safety Not Guaranteed breaks all of the genre rules and doesn't look back. Odd, hilarious, touching, and incredibly indie, this is a great career breakthrough for Plaza, and possibly the best time-travel movie since Back to the Future. ... More

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For this Christmas, I was given the Back to the Future trilogy on Blu-ray as a Christmas present which was delightful as not only is it one of the best film trilogies ever, but the first one certainly is one of, if not, the best time travel flick of all time. As the concept of time travel is still very fascinating, has there been a film in which this conceit is not entirely central? As 2012 comes to an end, Colin Trevorrow’s terrific indie debut answers that very question. When one of Seat... More

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