Running out of morbid things to watch, I searched for little known comedies on the net someday and that’s how I came upon Safety Not Guaranteed. The few reviews and ratings looked good and so I bought it promptly. It wasn’t a disappointment.
Safety Not Guaranteed is a small indie comedy flick that passed so low under the radar this year, even the meerkats didn’t bother to duck. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, produced by the people behind Little Miss Sunshine, and starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake M. Johnson, it tells the story of three journalists who decide to investigate a strange classifieds ad in the local newspaper. An invite asking for an accomplice to go back in time with, no less. The investigation brings them face to face with who seems like the village crackpot at first glance but clearly, there was something underneath his mania. For one thing, the FBI is after him.
Safety Not Guaranteed is charming, goofy and impossible to hate. You feel like a part of them, as the characters discover more about themselves and come to terms with each other’s idiosyncrasies. They’re not larger than life here; they could just be the next person you meet today. Without spoiling things further, there’s also a very delightful twist ending at the end.
Safety Not Guaranteed is no Primer or even Groundhog Day. What it is is a charming movie about discovering yourself, letting go of the past, growing up, and falling in love.
Have you seen Safety Not Guaranteed? If so, I would love to hear what you thought of it.
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