Grumpy Old Critics

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Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)


<img src=”” width=”270″ height=”112″ class />(Original classified ad from 1997)

Here’s another Independent “Spirit Awards” report: 1st time filmmaker Colin Trevorrow’s “Safety Not Guaranteed” is a low-budget sci-fi-comedy film about Time Travel that works as well as big-budget fare like last year’s LOOPER, mainly due to its slyly humorous script and great casting.  

Actress Aubrey Plaza (TV’s Parks and Recreation) is a bored intern for a Seattle magazine when she is selected to investigate a classified ad recruiting “time travelers” (yes, this was a real ad in 1997 – Backwoods Home Magazine) with another intern and a reporter.

The result is the adventure of a lifetime when she realizes the highly paranoid, time travel expert ‘Kenneth’ (Mumblecore fave actor Mark Duplass) is not some crazed survivalist but possibly on-the-level.

Now I was a bit skeptical about the sci-fi aspects of the film due to its under-$1 mill budget, but at a Q&A following the Spirit Awards screening, tyro director Colin Trevorrow admitted to having some solid contacts in the tech community and he made me a believer by the film’s end.

Kudos to Supporting actors Jake Johnson (TV’s New Girl) and Karan Soni (1st film) for providing plenty of comic relief as the randy reporter and Hindi intern respectively.

This is one of those rare indies that’s not only made with a lot of heart, but also scores on a pure entertainment level, so check it out!!!


<em>Score: 3-1/2 stars (out of 4) – Reviewed by Gary Cabana (not-so-Grumpy Old Critic)

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Movie website

    Additional info for cinephiles:

(Fest debut:Sundance2012) Safety Not Guaranteed [(2012)USA/ distrib:Film District/MPAA Rated R] – (*DVD available from Oct. 30, 2012)

Main crew:
Directed by Colin Trevorrow (1st film)
Writer: Derek Connolly

Main & Supporting Cast… Characters:
Aubrey Plaza … Darius 
Mark Duplass … Kenneth (Man w/ Classified ad) Jake Johnson … Jeff (Reporter)
Karan Soni … Arnau 

Additional crew:
Original Music: Ryan Miller
Director of photography: Benjamin Kasulke
Editors: Joe Landauer and Franklin Peterson
Visual effects consultant (DIVE): Mark O. Forker

Additional cast… Characters:
Lauren Carlos … Young Darius (Childhood flashbacks)
Mary Lynn Rajskub … Bridget (Magazine editor)
Jeff Garlin … Mr. Britt 
Kristen Bell … Belinda


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