While it went on to went an award at the Independent Spirit Awards this past year, Safety Not Guaranteed is a criminally underrated movie
The 85 minute film only made just over $4 million at the box office during its 19 week release.
The film stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni, Jenica Bergere, Kristen Bell, Jeff Garlin, and Mary Lynn Rajskub. It was one of a gazillion roles for Duplass during 2012 as it seemed there was a new movie out every week that starred him or was produced or directed by him and his brother.
The premise of the film is that Kenneth Calloway places a want ad in a paper seeking a partner for time travel. A newspaper reporter, played by Johnson, proposes to investigate the ad and he selects two interns to assist him. One of the interns is the very funny Plaza of Parks and Recreation fame.
The film is Plaza’s first lead role in a film that I can recall and it won’t be her last. She stars in the upcoming The To-Do List (CBS Films).
At it’s widest release, the indie played in under 130 movie theaters. That’s highway robbery. It’s available on Bluray and DVD. Netflix might even have the film available on instant streaming.
Had it not been for the film, director Colin Trevorrow would likely never have been selected to direct the next installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. Screenwriter Derek Connolly took home the Best First Screenplay award at the Independent Spirit Awards and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance in 2012.
If you haven’t seen Safety Not Guaranteed, go on Netflix and add it to your queue today!