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Fantastic Film Finds: Safety Not Guaranteed
Posted on February 20, 2019
by April S
Title: Safety Not Guaranteed
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Writer: Derek Connolly
MPAA Rating: R Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Descriptors: Quirky, Offbeat, Entertaining
Rating: ★★★★ out of 5
Summary: Three co-workers at a magazine seek to interview someone who placed an ad for time travel companionship.
“Safety Not Guaranteed” is an offbeat comedy starring Jake Johnson (best known for his role as Nick Miller on “New Girl“), Aubrey Plaza (best known for her role as April Ludgate on “Parks and Recreation“), Mark Duplass (best known for his role as Pete Eckhart on “The League”) and Karan Soni (relatively unknown until this film). It’s a film about a lot of things … eccentric characters, incurred regrets, romance and time travel. The thing I loved most about this film is that the characters are very relatable in some way. Even the ones that seem a bit odd at first glance. What would you do if you could go back in time — would you change anything if you had the chance?
As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan. Directed by Lorene Scafaria. Starring Steve Carell and Kiera Knightley.
Kindhearted, but confused activist Andrew Markovski hires a pair of eccentric ‘existential detectives’ to help him find the meaning of life. All the while, a sexy, French author is trying to throw a wrench in their plan by seducing Andrew’s mind and body. Directed by David O. Russell. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Huppert, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Lily Tomlin, Mark Wahlberg and Naomi Watts.
Mild-mannered businessman Sandy Patterson travels from Denver to Miami to confront the deceptively harmless-looking woman who has been living it up after stealing Sandy’s identity. Directed by Seth Gordon. Starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy.
Struggling with writer’s block and a lackluster love life, once-famous novelist Calvin creates a beautiful fictitious character named Ruby who inspires him. But not only does this bring his work to life, it also brings Ruby to life, literally. Face-to-face with an actual relationship with his once virtual girlfriend, Calvin must now decide whether to pen this love story or let it write itself. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Starring Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Chris Messina, Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Steve Coogan and Elliott Gould.
A young boy escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarves. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being, they plunder treasure from Napoleon and Agamemnon, but the Evil Genius is watching their every move! Directed by Terry Gilliam. Starring John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelly Duvall, Michael Palin, Ian Holm, Katherine Helmond and Ralph Richardson.
The “Fantastic Film Finds” blog series features at least one lesser known gem along with a few additional recommendations. We hope you enjoy the selections.