SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass,
Jake M. Johnson, Karan Soni,
Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jeff
Garlin, William Hall, Jr.
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 86 minutes
Distributor: Film District/Sony Pictures
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Executive Producer: Michael B. Clark, Jay Duplass,
Mark Duplass, John Hodges
Producer: Derek Connolly, Stephanie
Langhoff, Peter Saraf, Colin
Trevorrow, Marc Turtletaub
Writer: Derek Connolly
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The movie follows Darius, a shy, aimless young woman working as an intern for a Seattle magazine. She volunteers to help investigate the story behind a Craigslist ad where a man is asking for a partner to travel back in time with him. Darius and another intern, an Indian college student, go to the small rural town with the post office box in the ad. Leading them is a senior reporter named Jeff, who really just wants to reconnect with his favorite high school girlfriend.
The trail to the ad leads them to a goofy young man named Kenneth, who seems to really think he’s building a time machine. Jeff tries to make contact with Kenneth, but Kenneth is suspicious of him. So, Darius tries her hand at meeting Kenneth, in a very cute, funny scene at the small grocery store where Kenneth works.
Darius finds herself falling in love with Kenneth. She even begins to believe his time travel story. Meanwhile, Jeff and his old flame are in the throes of a fling that may become serious.
SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED humorously builds to a touching, surprise conclusion. The parallel love stories are shot and performed perfectly, with a subtle beauty of wounded souls learning to trust each other and express their innermost fears. SAFETY is also packed with witty punchlines and an exciting mystery about whether Kenneth is mad or a genuine genius. However, the subplots involving Jeff and the Indian intern take the viewer’s attention away from the main story.
Regrettably, there’s plenty of strong foul language in SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED. Also, because of the incidental subplots, the movie has a mixed worldview with Romantic and pagan notions about romance, love, and sex. Regarding the latter problem, Jeff convinces the Indian intern that he should hurry up and lose his virginity when he’s young, before life leaves him in the dust. This hedonistic attitude doesn’t infect the charming love story between Darius and Kenneth. However, their relationship does have a Romantic tone. For example, the movie depicts them as two star-crossed lovers lost in a mean, uncaring, false world. That’s one reason they want to travel back in time to fix the problems that have haunted them.
The worldview problems, foul language and sexual immorality in SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED warrant extreme caution. They detract from what is otherwise a fun movie with an inspiring surprise ending that may have some viewers cheering.
SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED humorously builds to a touching, surprise conclusion. However, the worldview is mixed because the older reporter encourages the other intern to lose his virginity. Also, the movie views Kenneth and Darius as two star-crossed lovers lost in a mean, uncaring world without God. Finally, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED has plenty of strong foul language. So, extreme caution is warranted.