Safety Not Guaranteed Review: Look To The Past To Make Sense Of The Present

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Aubrey Plaza definitely has a niche. She’s got the indie market cornered on snarky, disaffected twenty-something cynicism. But there’s heart in there, too, and nowhere is that more on display than in director Colin Trevorrow’s low-budget time travel comedy Safety Not Guaranteed. The film is funny, inventive, tinged with sadness, but also hope.

Quirkiness is the word of the day in regards to Safety. Plaza plays Darius, a depressed intern at Seattle Magazine. When a seemingly light-hearted assignment comes down the shoot, her d-bag boss Jeff (Jake M. Johnson) grabs her and another nerdy intern, Arnau (Karan Soni), and they run with it. Someone placed a classified ad—based on a real Craigslist ad that became a viral sensation a few years ago—looking for a time travel companion.

The ad reads:


Watch Aubrey Plaza Play A Possibly Time Traveling Lesbian In Safety Not Guaranteed Trailer

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Let me just say right off the bat, that while I have not actually seen Safety Not Guaranteed, I can guarantee there will be no actual time travel in this movie. I know because this is a Sundance Film Festival favorite, and movies that go to Sundance and have cute trailers with inspirational music in them like this one, don’t ever actually do anything cool like time travel. Instead it’s almost definitely going to use the possibility of time travel to teach some sweet lesson about innocent and living life, or something.

That said the first trailer for Safety Not Guaranteed has Parks & Rec’s extremely cute Aubrey Plaza doing her Aubrey Plaza thing in the story of a group of newspaper reporters who go to investigate an ad placed by a man who claims he can travel through time. Bring your own weapons and watch it now…