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I love the inspiration for Safety Not Guaranteed and that it seems the filmmakers have really managed to take such an odd occurence and use it to create a film with substance and heart.  This film came out of an ad placed in 1997 in Backwoods Home Magazine in which a man seeks a companion for time travel.

After the screening at Sundance 2012, and winning the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, Director Colin Trevorrow and Writer Derek Connolly are getting accolades from reviewers all over the world for a clever, quirky romantic film their first time out of the gate.  Neither has much experience to speak of and this is Trevorrow’s first feature film directorial piece, but from what I’ve been reading, they have hit it out of the park.  Aubrey Plaza is getting her fair share of praise as well for her magazine intern character, Darius, who must infiltrate Mark Duplass’ Kenneth’s plot to travel back in time.  The description of the film provided by FilmDistrict is as follows:

When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he¹s solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon.  Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.

As you know I’ve watched Jake Johnson very closely over the past few months on New Girl.  Now I get to see him on the big screen in Safety Not Guaranteed with Aubrey Plaza of Parks and Rec fame and Mark Duplass of The League.  I’ve enjoyed them all on their separate shows and am interested to see what kind of chemistry they have together.  Kristen Bell (I really miss Veronica Mars) and Mary Lynn Rajskub of 24 fame also make an appearance in this quirky film.  I can’t wait to see the screening at SXSW this year and share my experience!


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Cat is an Austinite once removed with an affinity for film, TV, comics, graphic novels, and really anything she can read or watch. She gets emotionally invested in movie, television and literary characters, to an unhealthy degree. Cat has always had a passion for writing and there is little she loves more. Hopeful cynic and funny lady.