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Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel. (from IMDb)
What I Liked
- I watched Safety Not Guaranteed for one simple reason: I’m mildly obsessed with Mark Duplass and I want to watch everything he’s ever been in. I love him, and I’m in awe of his talent as an actor, writer and musician. He isn’t writing here, just acting (and he sings a lovely song too), but he’s still ace. I could honestly watch him all day. He plays Kenneth Calloway so well, with charm and grace.
- I’m also rather a big fan of Aubrey Plaza. At least, I love her in Parks and Recreation, where I honestly think April Ludgate is the best character (apart from Leslie Knope OBVIOUSLY). She plays a young intern here too, but she’s a lot more likeable than April; trying to be cynical enough to be a reporter but genuinely finding herself bring drawn in by Kenneth’s story, and warming to Kenneth himself.
- All the way through the film, you feel almost totally sure that Kenneth has mental health issues. Of course he hasn’t invented a time machine! But there’s also a part of you that thinks maybe Kenneth has managed it. Maybe, just maybe. I liked the not knowing.
- I like Jake Johnson, so it’s nice seeing him playing someone other than Nick Miller. Jeff is a bit of a douche, as it turns out, but that just makes it a bit more interesting.
What I Didn’t Like
- This is one of my favourite 52 in 52 films this year. There’s nothing I didn’t like, and I know I’ll watch it again.