ByRicardo Du Toit, writer at
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I have to be honest. Most of my recent movie choices are based on the poster, the director and sometimes the actor in it. I hardly ever check reviews for movies before watching one, unless I'm really on the fence.

With that said, Safety Not Guaranteed ended up on my to-watch list because of the intriguing poster and Aubrey Plaza. And I'm glad I watched it.

The movie tells the story of Jeff (Jake Johnson), a journalist of Seattle Magazine, who decides to investigate a rather curious newspaper ad that reads:

Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. P.O. Box 91 Ocean View, WA 99393. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.

Credit: FilmDistrict and Big Beach
Credit: FilmDistrict and Big Beach

For this trip, he enlists the help of two interns, Darius (Aubrey Plaza), a girl just trying to get through life, and Arnau (Karan Soni). They go along this journey to get to the bottom of this.

During their investigation, they discover that it was a man by the name of Kenneth Calloway (Mark Duplass) who put up the ad. That's when Darius decides to go undercover and get to know the true intentions of this guy.

Right off the bat, there's this sense of adventure into the unknown. We're not quite sure what to believe and the movie sure doesn't tell us how to feel. While logic tells us that time-travel is not possible, there's still a slight hint of curiosity that keeps our interest.

FilmDistrict and Big Beach
FilmDistrict and Big Beach

Despite what you might think, this is a movie about relationships and human interaction. It shows us our decisions, be them wrong or right, make us who we are and teaches us to stand by what we believe, even if everyone else thinks we're crazy.

Only downside is that it can stroll a little to far from it's main path, but quickly makes up for it in good comedy.

With Aubrey Plaza playing her usual self, amusing as always, there is a lot working off the hour and half of this film. Just remember to keep your beliefs in check!


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