Snowed-in this weekend? Got no date for Valentine’s Day? Or do you have a date, but don’t want to get stuck watching the same overly sentimental, cheesy chick flick again? (For the record, some chick flicks are awesome. I’m talking about you, Legally Blonde and Pitch Perfect). Well, if any of these apply to you, I have a great solution: watch Safety Not Guaranteed on Netflix.
The main reason why Safety Not Guaranteed is our first Weekend Net-Flick (something we will be doing weekly on this site) is because of the movie’s honesty. Despite its unusual concept (a reporter and two of his interns seek out a man who believes that he can travel back in time), the film is filled with realistic, honest emotions, from the frustration and disappointment of Jake Johnson’s Jeff, to the genuine curiosity and empathy of Aubrey Plaza’s Darius, to the loneliness and isolation of Mark Duplass’s Kenneth.
The performances, specifically from Johnson and Plaza (who both do great work every week on TV on New Girl and Parks and Rec, respectively), are raw and genuine. Even when the investigation into Kenneth’s life deepens, the true point of Safety Not Guaranteed is not whether he can actually travel back in time or not. No, the only important thing, as the film illustrates through its characters’ relationships with one another, is if you have the courage, compassion, and imagination to believe that Kenneth can.
Alright, so one of the weekly things we want to set up is a Weekend Net-Flick. Each week the three of us will agree on a movie to review that is readily available on Netflix’s instant stream. This weekend, if you’re in the Northeast like we are, you’re getting slammed with all of this snow, ice, and rain. If you find yourself spending one of these weekend nights inside, maybe cozied up for Valentine’s Day tomorrow? Be sure to check out Safety Not Guaranteed; starring Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Rec), Mark Duplass (The League) , and Jake Johnson (New Girl).
Safety Not Guaranteed is a really nice movie that offers a heartwarming story where some magazine writers want to interview a local man about time travel. The film features some of the best television actors in Plaza, Johnson, and Duplass; who all bring humor to the plot but can provide that real life feel when the story needs to be serious. Safety Not Guaranteed feels like an odd journey that leaves all the characters soul-searching in bizarre ways.
The movie is playful, and stretches the imagination to an appropriate length. The writing really hits home and carries the film. The character interaction is done really well and the delivery carries positive vibes throughout the duration of the movie. Safety Not Guaranteed was a hidden low-budget gem from 2012 that is a must see; perfect for your Weekend Net-Flick.
Safety Not Guaranteed can be described in two words: indie heartwarmer. The film stars Aubrey Plaza (Park & Recreation) alongside Mark Duplass (The League) and Jake Johnson (New Girl). Responding to a classified ad Darius (Plaza), an intern at a magazine company, accompanied by veteran reporter Jeff (Johnson) and fellow intern Arnau (Karan Soni), set off to investigate a man who claims he can go back in time. The subject of their investigation and the aspiring is the eccentric recluse, Kenneth (Duplass).
The film is jam-packed with the quirkiness audiences have come to expect from indie comedies but none of the characters’ idiosyncrasies come off as overdone or unoriginal. The characters’ relationships allow the film to dig past the platitudes and present some meaningful topics and questions. There is a bit of everything in this film, from suspense to comedy, from sci-fi to romance, it is sure to hit home somewhere. The quick-paced plot and subplots ability to switch directions and tone, keep you on your toes and craving the next jigsaw piece of the character’s past. In the end, the pieces come together and reveal a film that is quaint, in the best way.
It’s endearing, it’s refreshing, it’s a Netflix Indie Instant Watch gem.
Alright, well there you have it, all of our opinions about Safety Not Guaranteed and why you should check it out!
Be sure to return next Friday for another Weekend Net-Flick, and leave a comment to let us know what you thought about Safety Not Guaranteed.