Mar 24, 2013

Movie Review: Safety Not Guaranteed

Darius Britt (Aubrey Plaza) is a depressed intern at a Seattle magazine and living at home with her widowed father (Jeff Garlin). During a slow news day, the magazine decides to run a story on a bizarre classified ad they find by a man looking for a time traveling partner. Darius is used by her boss as bait to get to know the time traveler and be his partner, but her feelings quickly escalate for the bizarre man.

This movie was a definite noodle-scratcher. Safety Not Guaranteed definitely has a wonderful cast who bring a lot of heart and passion to their roles and make you want to see them succeed, but the story just gets bizarre and exceedingly darker as the movie progresses. Some characters do get what they want, but you're not quite sure it's what they wanted, some characters don't get what they want, and some characters you're left wondering if they even survive. There's a lot of ambiguity that I know I should appreciate rather than wanting to be spoon-fed a simplistic happy ending, but I'll admit, that's what I wanted. I wanted all of the characters to be successful.

Despite all of the leading characters being cast and written wonderfully, there are some background characters that seem shoehorned into the script. I don't want to spoil anything in the film, but at the very end there are characters involved that do absolutely nothing but watch events unfold. No dialog, no action, nothing.

Overall, the movie was quirky, good-natured, romantic fun. This is a good film for a date night, especially if you or your significant other like the dweeby, quirky, indy stylings of Aubrey Plaza, or by comparison, Zooey Deschanel. Be warned however that all of the good work the film does in the first half starts to unwind into a jumbled mess in the second half. Overall rating...

3.5 / 5

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