Sometimes a movie comes out of nowhere, smacks you upside your head and wins you over completely. This is exactly what happened when I watched the new movie, from the producers of Little Miss Sunshine, Safety Not Guaranteed.
When I saw the trailer for this, I really didn’t think anything of it. I thought ehh little indie film that I might or might not see. Thank goodness I did because I absolutely loved it. I haven’t left a movie this year feeling the way I felt after seeing this film.
The film is about a man named Kenneth (Mark Duplass; Jeff Who Lives At Home, People Like Us) who places an ad that reads: “Wanted: Somebody 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. I have only done this once before. Safety not guaranteed.” The ad gets the attention of a magazine and they send out three employees to investigate it. Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation), Jake Johnson (New Girl) and Karan Soni (Touch, Are You There, Chelsea?) star as the magazine employees that investigate Kenneth.
The film is a mix of sci-fi and romantic comedy in the best ways. Aubrey Plaza is so perfect as Darius, the magazine intern that pretends to be just the partner that Kenneth needs. I think I loved her because she is dripping in cynicism and sarcastic wit but there is just so much more to her and this movie. It’s quirky, heartfelt, funny, very sweet and eccentric all at once. I think if you liked Little Miss Sunshine, you will like this movie.
It’s out now in limited release.