Safety Not Guaranteed: A Movie Review

On a hunt for a story, three journalists, Darius (Aubrey Plaza), Jeff (Jake Johnson), and Arnau (Karan Soni), pursue a man who put a classified ad in the paper for a time traveling partner. When Jeff strikes out, Darius uses her own awkwardness to connect with the paranoid man behind the ad, Kenneth (Mark Duplass), and grows closer to him than she means to.

But when Darius finds out that Kenneth’s irrational fears of being followed are actually true and that the girl he says he wants to go back in time to save from dying is really still alive, she begins to question the real motives of the man she put so much trust in.

I knew I wanted to watch Safety Not Guaranteed just by reading the description. I thought it sounded like it could be pretty funny, and it helped that Aubrey Plaza, who plays April onĀ Parks and Recreation, was cast as the main character because it gave me another motive to watch. While the movie overall wasn’t laugh out loud hilarious, I did find it very interesting. Especially the ending, which leaves you wondering what happens to Darius and Kenneth on their time traveling journey.

In it’s own way, it’s a coming of age story for people who are already grown up. It does leave a few parts of the plot unanswered, like why Kenneth really wants to time travel, but in the end I still thought the overall movie was interesting enough to keep my attention the entire time and random enough to keep me wondering what would happen next.

Grade: A