Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
I’m still not convinced by Aubrey Plaza. I love her as one half to April and Andy on Park and Rec but asides from that role I’ve never been truly impressed with Plaza as an actress. Similarly, while I think Mark Duplass has an interesting voice in modern cinema I’ve never been one who’s fallen for his acting presence. Luckily, Safety Not Guaranteed does a lovely job in maneuvering certain familiar acting ticks and allowing newer ones to shine through. She plays a young journalist documenting the story of him wanting to travel through time and, as so many rom coms go, she begins to believe in him as well as time travel. There’s also the added bonus of a curmudgeon Jake Johnson which only ever helps a movie. Whimsical without being annoying and fresh with its portrayal of two oddballs, Safety Not Guaranteed is a love story for modern times with the added presence of science fiction and really, what could make a love story better than that?