Geek Valentines Day with my sweetie. Thoroughly enjoyed “Safety Not Guaranteed” at the Batelle Film Club.
Seattle-based magazine reporter Jeff (Jake Johnson) and interns Darius (Aubrey Plaza) and Arnau (Karan Soni) are sent to investigate a personal advertisement placed in the newspaper: guy seeking partner for time travel. “Wanted: Somebody 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. I have only done this once before. Safety not guaranteed.” So says the classified ad. They venture to the coast and set up a haphazard surveillance. Darius is recruited as the shill; her dry wit and cynical nature are perfectly suited to trap this enigmatic oddball, Kenneth (Mark Duplass), and get a good story. But it is she who first sees past the paranoid loner facade to the compelling person inside. The drawback? This still doesn’t rule out the possibility that he just might be crazy. Director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly have woven an ingenious tale: a modern version of the classic madcap romantic comedy. Clever dialogue and outlandish antics, peppered with misfit characters, each one charming yet flawed, are wrapped in a love story tingling with the tantalizing possibility of time travel. In a world where moments are fleeting and soul mates are scarce, it seems that even the simple act of falling in love is never safe. Shot on location in Washington, Safety Not Guaranteed is a quirky and hilarious treat that delivers a most unexpected mix of comedy, romance and science fiction.