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Can’t sleep again, so I suppose now is as good a time as any to get my thoughts down on Safety Not Guaranteed. First off, I was surprised to see this at the Palace Theater in Springfield and not the Moxie. Thursday was the last day of its run there so if you missed it you’ll just have to wait until it hits Netflix or Redbox. Which I recommend you do.
I enjoyed Safety Not Guaranteed. It’s a comedy about time travel, but not in the same way as say, Hot Tub Time Machine (which I enjoyed for entirely different reasons).Safety Not Guaranteedis a comedy with heart. Sure it’s about time travel, but really it’s more focused on building character than relying on a gimmick. This movie had “mumblecore” written all over it with Mark Duplass in the lead role as, Kenneth, an eccentric seeking a companion for time travel via the classifieds. BetweenCyrus, The League, Jeff, Who Lives at home,etc. I’m kind of jealous of Mark Duplass. Guy has skills in front of and behind the camera.
The film also stars Aubrey Plaza as a wise ass. Weird, huh? Although, much like the recent seasons of Parks and Recreation, we see that there is more to her character than biting sarcasm.
Jake Johnson rounds out the main characters and is involved in a bit of an unnecessary side plot. Though I guess there is a bit of a “time travel” with his character as he tries to reconnect with an old flame. Still, I like the actor. Between his role in this and as Nick inNew Girl(Check it out on Hulu. Legitimately funny. Schmidt and Nick make that show.) he’s winning me over.
Well, I wanted to make that more entertaining. Screw it. I’m too tired to be funny. If you get a chance, go see Safety Not Guaranteed.More people need to see original movies like this instead of the same rehashed sequels we get all summer. It’s funny and tells a solid story. Don’t take my word for it though. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3.5 out of 4 stars, and that guy is legit.