The film covers interesting ground, literally speaking, in Washington state, which gives it a fresh look and feel. It’s also extremely well cast. Jake Johnson plays a reporter for Seattle magazine who’s a bit of a wiseguy; he takes on the task of finding the person who placed an oddball classified ad seeking a companion for time travel. The assignment takes him back to his hometown of Ocean View, where he might have a chance to reconnect with an old flame.
He’s also saddled with two interns, a dour college graduate who hasn’t yet found a real job (Aubrey Plaza) and a dense, self-serious student (Karan Soni). Identifying the guy who placed the time-travel ad (Mark Duplass) isn’t very hard, but Plaza has to win his confidence and try to determine if he’s for real.
Connolly’s script is well realized by another newcomer, director Colin Trevorrow. Instead of cheap laughs, they give us observational humor based on character quirks and the natural incongruities that arise when disparate partners join together on a cockeyed quest.
Safety Not Guaranteed is now available on DVD and On Demand: