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: