Sardonic like its heroine but, at heart, a sweetie, the fetching new comedy
You can do a lot with that premise. Making their feature debuts, screenwriter Derek Connolly and director Colin Trevorrow — former
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The characters also find romantic fulfillment of an intriguingly varied sort. The boss is interested in the assignment only because it puts him in proximity with his first love, whom he hasn't seen for decades. And as she enters the good graces of Kenneth (Duplass), for the sake of the story, Darius starts falling for her subject.
The movie isn't a high-energy, down-your-throat kind of experience; it fills its trim 87-minute running time with a relaxed and often witty eye for the telling detail, as when Darius questions co-worker Arnau (Soni) about the flame decals on his laptop, or when Kenneth's rationale for a time-travel experiment turns out to be something other than advertised. You may buy the ending or not. The filmmakers certainly do, which helps. And the film is modest but skillful and heartfelt, spiced just so by Plaza and company.
'Safety Not Guaranteed' -- 3 stars
MPAA rating: R (for language including some sexual references)
Running time: 1:27