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Safety Not Guaranteed screened at the Sundance Film Festival last January, and those fortunate enough to attend the South by Southwest Film Festival may have gotten the opportunity to see it there. Our own Sean O'Connell had good things to say about the film at SXSW, saying that it had a "great spirit about it," and talking about the good chemistry among the cast. The rest of us will have to wait for its limited release next month and hope that the movie makes its way into a theater near us.
If you caught the trailer for Safety Not Guaranteed, then you know the general premise. It follows a group of magazine reporters who seek out a story when discovering an unusual classified ad from someone looking for a time travel companion. Specifically, the ad states, "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. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before." Who wouldn't respond to an ad like that?
The cast includes Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Jake Johnson (New Girl), and The League's Mark Duplass. iTunes shared the video below, which not only gives us a look at the film, but also digs into the back-story, as the film was inspired by an actual ad placed back in 1997.
The featurette doesn't show us much more from the movie than what we've seen in the trailer, but given a story like this, I'm sort of ok with that if it means avoiding spoilers or giving up too many of the better moments. What it does do is bring to light the inspiration for the movie, which leaves me even more curious to know if this will be a story with a truly satisfying ending, whether that involves actual time travel or not.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow and written by Derek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed arrives in theaters with a limited release June 8, 2012. More information can be found in our Blend Film Database.