In Movies on February 18, 2013 at 5:24 pm

“Safety Not Guaranteed” is a indie comedy/sci-fi/dark comedy that stars Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni, and Mark Duplass and is directed by Colin Trevorrow.

Darius, Plaza, is struggling through her Seattle post-grad life trying to find while interning at Seattle Magazine. Still reeling from a death in the family, Darius hardly interacts with others until she volunteers herself for a story for the magazine. Working with Arnau, Soni, and Jeff, Johnson, Darius absconds to Ocean View Washington where they hope to write a story covering a nut job who posted an ad in the paper looking for someone to travel back in time with. All is not what it appears to be as the Darius finds Kenneth the time traveler, Duplass, to be charming, while Jeff tries to get Arnau laid and rekindle a past romance within his life. This indie film shows love poignantly and displays just how far someone will go for it.

I found this movie fairly enjoyable. I like Plaza’s performance although she does act like April, Parks and Recreation, within this film and I would like to see her portray a different character. I also thought Duplass portrayed Kenneth decently although there are a few instances where some parts of his character could have been flushed out more.

I thought Johnson was really good in this film although he too appeared to be portraying Nick from “The New Girl”. I liked his story line the most and I like how he reacted to it. I felt that it was  authentic and the choices he made following the incident were true to form and made logical sense.

The ending of this movie is very unexpected but it isn’t better because of it. That is to say, it could have been flushed out a bit more and explained a bit further. A epilogue would have been nice.

So before I get into the spoilers, I would say if you’re into indie films then check this out because it is on Netflix. However, if you don’t like melodic songs and shaky camera work, then give this film a miss.


So the one huge problem I had from this film was the fact that they didn’t flush out the occurrence of Belinda, Kristen Bell, being alive. The whole reason Kenneth is building the time machine is to go back and save Belinda and yet she is still alive. Darius and Jeff barely question this and then Darius steps on the time machine with Kenneth and whoosh, they are gone. When questioned, Kenneth evades the question by proclaiming that the time machine worked because she is alive, but there in lines the problem. He wouldn’t have built the time machine to go back in time, if she was dead. A quandary that was portrayed quite well in the awful movie, “The Time Machine” starring Guy Pearce.

Another problem I had with this movie was lack of closure for Jeff’s story line. That’s not to say I wish it worked out between him and Liz but I would have liked it if they remained friends or if he changed his life somehow. I really enjoyed his character and I didn’t like how this movie left his story line up in the air.

Other then those two aspects of the film, I found it to be fairly enjoyable. It was funny at times saddening at others but still a movie that was enjoyable to watch.


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