One of the biggest hits at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the high-concept indie romantic comedy “Safety Not Guaranteed” starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass and penned by Derek Connolly, who picked up the festival’s screenwriting award. FilmDistrict nabbed the film for US audiences and it’s slated for release June 8.
Now they’ve just released the trailer and we’re calling it a winner. Plaza plays a magazine intern sent out to investigate a personal advertisement placed in a newspaper by a man seeking a time-traveling companion (“safety not guaranteed” caps off the request). It’s based on a sort-of-true story.
“It’s probably unfair to describe ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ as ‘Back to the Future’ by way of ‘Juno,’ as it certainly sets the bar too high,” wrote Eric Kohn in his review out of Sundance. “But in terms of entertainment value and tone, the shoe fits.”