When Ethan and Sophie’s marriage hits hard times, the two begin seeing a couples therapist to help them move forward in their relationship. At the therapist’s suggestion, they travel to a secluded getaway that is guaranteed to help them reconnect. However, they end up discovering more than they bargained for waiting for them in the guest house on the property.
The One I Love is a romantic comedy that is a bit complicated to explain. If you don’t want to give away the good parts of the movie, that is. So instead of giving away more of what the movie is about (because it is definitely better when it’s a surprise), I will say that I found this movie to have amazing actors who successfully kept a mind boggling story moving while keeping the viewer engaged and without giving anything away too soon. The One I Love also had an enjoyable soundtrack that matched the overall tone of the story.
The only problem I had with the movie was I felt part of the plot was not fully explained. While I was left impressed with the (slightly obvious) ending, there was one part of the main plot that I am still not sure I understand. Thankfully it’s a movie that I would gladly watch again to see if I can figure out what exactly was going on.
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 on 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.