Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Safety Not Guaranteed

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Safety Not Guaranteed

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SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED

Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Film District, 2012)

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Director Colin Trevorrow and screenwriter Derek Connolly's touching sci-fi misadventure about time travel looks like it was made on a small budget, but it offers a lot of bang for those few bucks. This indie comedy about regret, risk, and redemption has a time machine, secret government agents, a slightly mad scientist, and quirky 20- and 30-somethings who might just harbor collections of comic books and Star Wars figurines.

Kenneth (filmmaker and actor Mark Duplass), a small town grocery clerk claiming to have built a time machine in his parents' garage, posts an advertisement seeking a companion for what he says is his second trip into the past. (Connolly's storyline was inspired by a real-life ad that appeared in the magazine Backwoods Home in the mid 1990s.) Darius, played with a mix of comic sass and self-deprecating charm by Parks & Recreation's Aubrey Plaza, is one of two interns from a small Seattle magazine who accompanies their boss Jeff (Jake Johnson) to the Oregon beach town where Kenneth works, hoping to get a good story with high entertainment value. …

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