Sharing a producer with Little Miss Sunshine, Safety Not Guaranteed is a similarly offbeat dramedy about love, regret and time travel.
Aubrey Plaza (who appeared as the feisty, be-spectacled Julie Powers in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) plays Darius, a disenfranchised newspaper intern who is sent to investigate a strange want ad looking for a companion for a jaunt into the past.
Accompanied by cocky staff writer Jeff (Jake Johnson) and nervy fellow intern Arnau (Karan Soni), she discovers it was the work of oddball supermarket clerk Kenneth (Mark Duplass) who insists he has cracked time travel.
Darius befriends Kenneth in order to get the scoop, but soon their relationship blooms and she begins to wonder if what he claims is true.
Though she's best known for her caustic wit, Plaza softens the rough edges while delivering an excess of deadpan goodness.
The film's final act tonal shift will divide audiences, but in general this is a hilarious, character-driven film that never takes the easy route.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow and written by Derek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed was an official selection at the first London Sundance film festival in April 2012. Read our first reactions to the film in our Sundance London blog.
The buzz it created on the festival circuit meant Trevorrow and Connolly were soon hired to rework the script of the upcoming remake of another classic time travel tale, Flight Of The Navigator.
Safety Not Guaranteed opens on 26 December 2012.
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