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 he's 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 belie..
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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 he's solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. I can't say enough about each and every perfect character and the actors who are playing them. When the intrepid journalists head out to find the real scoop on this guy and one of the reporters has an ulterior motive too, he wants to hook up with an old girlfriend, you will run into all manner of crazy or is it crazy? I loved the direction, the acting, the story and the scenery, too. If you don't get pulled in right away by the very smart and witty dialog....you have no soul! I can't and won't single anyone out as this is truly a group effort. I love it and think that you will too.
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2017
This is one of the most delightful films of 2012. The cast is perfect, the story is charming, and the premise, about a newspaper classified seeking assistance with time travel, is true, though the story that follows is fiction. Director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World, Star Wars Episode IX) carefully builds suspense in this character-driven story so that the audience cannot be certain whether or not time travel is possible until the end (I won't reveal either way). Aubrey Plaza leads the story as Darius and most of the story focuses on her getting to know Kenneth (played by Mark Duplass, from the League). A side story involves her co-worker Jeff (played by Jake Johnson, from New Girl and Jurassic World) trying to reconnect with an old girlfriend and help intern Arnau (Karan Soni, of Deadpool and Ghostbusters fame) break out of his shell. Words like charming and delightful seem cliched, but they perfectly describe this gem of a film. If you haven't seen it, it's well-worth watching.
This review is for "Safety Not Guaranteed" release in 2012 and stars Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass. It is directed by Colin Trevorrow.
Plenty of reviews here so I'll just throw in a brief opinion.
This is an excellent film, especially in light of it's under a million dollar budget.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had clever writing and the plot for the most part made sense. Something you don't often see in time travel movies.
In a way it kind of reminded me of some of the movies made by Val Lewton, the head of RKO horror in the 40's. What I mean is that, like in those movies, you are never really quite sure if the people involved are not well in the head or if there really is something fantastical going on. This movie had that feel. Is Kenneth crazy? Or is he really building a time machine? Has he already traveled in time?
Great job. Excellent humor too.
If you like science fiction and you like time travel movies, then you should absolutely like this one.
This is a charming, low budget comedy. The script is spot on in capturing the three needy individuals sent by a trendy magazine to investigate a very peculiar ad in the personals column. The story is captivating, the characters are fun, and the viewer really appreciates the fact that the movie never descends into “creepy” territory. In fact, there is a rather sweet turn of events when the thirty-something reporter—sent on this quest with two weird interns— uses the road trip to rekindle a torrid teenage fling.
The movie is dominated, though, by Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) who is absolutely perfect in the role of the angst filled, brooding, millennial oddball caught in an adult world for which she in no way prepared. (Basically the same character she played on Parks and Rec., but she does it sooooo well.) she is engaging and really funny in a role tailor made for her.
This is one of those really good, under appreciated gems one stumbles across on Netflix and then rewatches several times over the next week. I put this in the same basket with “That Thing You Do”. They are in no way similar, but they are both pleasant, engrossing films that are easy, low stress views.
I love this movie. I saw this when it came out in 2012 on another video platform. It blew me away! The script is fresh, and the acting is stellar. This is a great indie film that will make you laugh, cry, and cheer.
I love seeing the locations around Long Beach (they call it Longview in the film) Washington where I spent many teen summers. Beyond the scenery (for me) I loved every one of these characters - they are not the cool people, but the flawed real people.
The idea of recapturing the past is a huge theme here - and who doesn't want to go back to their youth ... first love's, etc. You will care deeply about every one of the characters here - the awful boss that turns out to be a nice guy, the crazy guy building a time machine that turns out to be not so crazy. I'm not sure why Kristen Bell gets a top billing though - she is a minor role, and the lead actress (Lauren Carlos as Darius) knocks it out of the park as the quintessential Seattle chick - seeming disinterested in others, but is really heart-broken, and incredibly kind - not sure why we don't see her in more movies.
This film is an adventure with a lot of unexpected turns - in plot, and the many facets of each character. I have recommended this movie to anyone that will listen to me, and they have all loved it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2019
Inspired by an actual newspaper classified advert and with a massive nod to HG Wells’ The Time Machine, this delightfully whimsical low-key kind-hearted comedy has a beguiling charm barely covering a touching underlying poignancy. Set in contemporary times we find ourselves accompanying a cynical thirtysomething Seattle magazine reporter and two interns as they arrive in a small seaside resort searching for the person who placed an advert in their magazine inviting the right applicant to accompany him on a trip to the past, a journey that he had only completed once before. The beauty of this movie is that we are never quite sure where the narrative is leading since grocery clerk and time-traveler Kenneth (similar to Kevin Spacey’s ‘prot’ in the 2001 film K-PAX) is unnervingly convincing, so much so that one of the interns agrees to accompany him back to the year 2001. Mark Duplass’ sublime performance as the eccentric and paranoid Kenneth (who are those Men-in-Black types?) is matched by that of Aubrey Plaza as the engaging yet vulnerable intern who has her own reasons for returning to that year. There are some marvelous scenes such as the pair stealing equipment from a laboratory in order to complete the construction of the Heath Robinson time machine, intern Karan Soni’s observations regarding Star Wars Stormtroopers, and Jake Johnson’s deceptively subtle performance as the blunt journalist coping with a journey into his own past. For me, the ending is completely unexpected and totally satisfying. A gem of a movie.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 19, 2018
I've seen this a couple of times, and purchased it because it holds up so well to repeat viewings. It's humorous and poignant and quirky, and very underrated. If that's the type of movie you like then I'd highly recommend this little gem.
Well I loved that. I know many people aren't going to like it. It was so off kilter. One of the actors is in New Girl (which is a collection of narcissistic creeps) in that you are supposed to like him, in this he is just a flawed creep and that works. The two leads work well, the subplots head more into cliche. I like the fact that films like this are made.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 27, 2016
Brought this as was luckiy in first place to catch a showing on tv. Got fed up with looking for re-runs and decided to buy this copy instea. I envy anyone seeing it for the first time, but I've already watched a couple of times now. Its funny, touching and romantic, with some sci-fi as well - what's not to like? Enjoy.
4.0 out of 5 starsA gentle character comedy rather than a sci-fi piece
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 24, 2015
Go in to this film with modest expectations and it'll be a pleasant surprise. As slightly quirky (possible) time travel stories go, it's not hugely original but it's well done and has a gentle charm of its own thanks to a large part of the plot being about doubt over whether time travel is really taking place. Just don't expect a science-fiction movie: this is more an offbeat character comedy that has a bit of sci-fi in the background.