Safety Not Guaranteed


Reviewed by Lamar Kukuk


Of all the miraculous abilities science fiction has offered over the years, none resonates quite so strongly as the ability to travel through time. The human brain is never really rooted in the present, forever shifting between trying to make the best of the future that lies ahead and sifting through the past for lessons to be applied to the future (and sometimes present). As a result, regret tends to be our default way of looking at the past, feeling like we’ve finally figured out what we should have done when we had the chance, and MAN wouldn’t it be great to have a machine that would let us put those theories to the test? Even more than most time travel movies, our uncomfortable relationship with the past is the primary theme of Safety Not Guaranteed, a delightful, thoughtful indie comedy about three reporters trying to determine if regrets have driven a man mad or driven him to shatter the laws of physics. Powered by Derek Connolly’s knowing script and an exceptional supporting performance by Jake Johnson, Safety keeps us guessing right up to the end because, frankly, movies at this budget level can rarely afford much in the way of time travel.

Darius (Audrey Plaza) is a shiftless 20-something who’s never emerged from the funk her mother’s death threw her into years before. She’s an intern at a magazine where reporter Jeff (Jake Johnson) is looking for free help with a story following up on this Craigslist ad: “WANTED: Someone 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.

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