A new review from The Movie Snob.
Safety Not Guaranteed (B+). I really enjoyed this little independent movie. Comic actress Aubrey Plaza (TV’s Parks and Recreation) really carries the film as a young woman named Darius. She’s an unpaid and seemingly unhappy intern at a Seattle magazine, and she gets roped into helping one of the professional writers investigate a possible story about a mysterious guy who ran a classified ad looking for a partner to travel back in time with him. They track the guy down easily enough, and Darius wins his confidence and starts training for the time-travel mission. The guy (played by Mark Duplass, Your Sister’s Sister) is obviously crazy, right? Well, darned if enough odd things don’t start happening to make Darius think it is just barely possible he is telling the truth. Plaza is strangely charming–she’s cute, but she has such a direct gaze and such a deadpan delivery that she seems to be rolling her eyes at everyone and everything around her all the time. But somehow it works. Duplass is much more likeable here than he was in Your Sister’s Sister. And although the movie is only 86 minutes long, there’s even a nice subplot in which the sleazy writer who’s ostensibly supervising the investigation goes off and tries to reconnect with a long-ago ex-girlfriend. I liked it. And no, I won’t tell you how it ends.