Indie comedy “Safety Not Guaranteed” is only out in limited release Friday (June 8), but already the positive reviews are rolling in for this winner of the Waldo Salt screenwriting award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The movie follows a magazine reporter and two interns as they attempt to interview a guy who placed this classified ad: “WANTED: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.”
Stephen Holden of the New York Times writes, “The movie could be a career catapult for Aubrey Plaza (‘Parks and Recreation’), a compelling screen presence who suggests the next generation’s Janeane Garofalo, but much softer edged.”
He also calls it “truthful without seeming portentous.”
While Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times writes that the movie is “as sweet as it is eccentric,” calling it “a warm movie in cynical disguise.”
Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers calls Plaza a “flat-out enchantress” and writes of the film, “Sometimes a movie comes out of nowhere and wins you over. ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ is that kind of unexpected gift.”
Time’s Mary Pols notes that “Safety” may not be everyone’s cup of tea: “If you’re lucky enough to be caught up in the movie’s mood — it’s not for everyone — it may just leave you smiling.”
Will you see the movie?