This movie, Safety Not Guaranteed, is an exploration of what happens when reporters get too close to a story. An ordinary, lonely schmuck posts an ad for someone to join him on a time travelling adventure. What follows is a study of loneliness that is at both sides of a desire to find communion with your fellows.
Like a typical Wes Anderson film, this movie has become a hipster-darling: a fave among pabst blue ribbon chugging trucker hat wearing youths. With lines like Arnau’s who can blame them: “Storm Troopers don’t know anything about lasers and time travel; they’re blue collar workers”.
So hilarity ensues as young intern Darius, played by Aubrey Plaza finds a kinship with the ad poster, Kenneth, played by Mark Duplass. This would be an otherwise empty film without the direction of actors that Colin Trevorrow attempts.
And the director knows what’s comedic gold in Derek Connoly’s script. Ultimately, the audience has to willingly suspend their disbelief at what is occuuring. Oddly enough, since the plot deals with reporters, there is a documentary style of filmmaking at work here. But with loneliness as one of its themes, the principals involved share of themselves to mark the denouement.