Thursday, January 24, 2013

Safety Not Guaranteed



In Safety Not Guaranteed, directed by Colin Trevorrow, three cynical young reporters, all stuck in their own ruts, set off to investigate an absurd classified ad.  The plan is to enjoy a free vacation on their magazine's dime, and write an article mocking the man who placed the ad.  But maybe he really is close to finishing his time machine.

It's an absolutely touching story about love and time travel, and just not caring that people might think you're a dork if you admit what's in your heart. It's about knowing when you've found a good thing, and being willing to risk hurt and embarrassment to grab it.



I highly recommend the movie.  Perfect to enjoy on Valentine's Day.  Available to rent or buy at Amazon.

Also, it's funny, I was just going back through my first year posting and found this from May 2007.  I assume it was the inspiration for the movie?

7 comments:

  1. My husband loves time travel stuff. I think this sounds like a perfect little Valentine's Day gift. Thanks for the heads up, and way cool on the post from 2007

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  2. I just watched it two days ago and agree that it's a great little movie. The ending's perfect. Also good to see Aubrey Plaza in a leading role. You're right about that ad being the inspiration behind it.

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  3. actually, you are onto something - that ad was indeed real and posted by a man that got to be featured in the film. he was the older gentlemen that was standing near the bus stop (if i remember correctly). it's been awhile since i've seen this one, but i did love it!

    also some films you should see in the near future;

    "in a world"
    "lovelace"
    "upstream color"
    "touchy feely"

    i am at sundance right now and currently these were some of my favorites - hopefully they'll all be picked up!

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  4. If you liked Safety Not Guaranteed, you should also check out Happy Accidents with Marisa Tomei and Vincent D'Onofrio. It's a very similar story, with Tomei falling in love with a guy who's either a time traveler or a nutcase. I enjoyed Safety Not Guaranteed, but Happy Accidents has better acting and twists.

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    1. I'll add it to my list. I'm downloading Primer right now.

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  5. john, if you liked primer... get ready for the magnificent "upstream color"! the second film by the same director. it was incredible (hopefully it'll get picked up soon!).

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    1. Yeah, reviews I'm hearing about that are why I rented Primer...

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