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Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Director: Colin Trevorrow
Writer: Derek Connolly
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Lauren Carlos, Basil Harris, Mary Lynn Rajskub

"What would you change if you could go back?"

Written by Derek Connolly and directed by Colin Trevorrow, the movie is inspired by a 1997 Backwoods Home Magazine real life classified ad, that became viral on the internet at the time. "Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. Safety not guaranteed.". The ad was written as a joke by employee John Silveira, who was seeking partners to time travel with him.

The story begins when a young journalist decides to go and interview the mysterious time traveler. Darius (Aubrey Plaza), a shy, aimless young girl, haunted by the loss of her mother and fellow intern Arnau (Karan Soni) volunteer to tag along.

Safety Not Guaranteed is a low-budget indie movie that on the surface looks like a science fiction/adeventure film, but it actually turns out to be a funny, romantic comedy.

Plot summary from IMDb: Darius is a young intern at a Seattle-based magazine and jumps at the chance to investigate the author of a classified ad seeking someone to travel back in time with. Along with Jeff, the staff writer, and Arnau, a fellow intern, the three go on a road trip to a coastal town. While Jeff just wants to chase after his high school crush and Arnau wants some kind of life experience, Darius spends her time with Kenneth, a man who believes that he has built a time machine. The closer they become and the more they understand about each other, the less clear it becomes if Kenneth is just crazy or if he actually is going to successfully travel back in time.

Awards: 8 wins & 16 nominations.
Runtime: 86 min



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