movie review: safety not guaranteed

i love going to sunday afternoon matinees, so i was really happy when i discovered brooklyn heights cinema, a 2-screen movie theatre located just a few blocks from my apartment in dumbo.  this tiny theatre plays independent and foreign movies and has a quant old-school vibe.

this was a great venue to see the wonderful ‘safety not guaranteed’, a low-key indie  movie about a guy who writes an add seeking a partner to “go back in time” with him, and the team of journalists who seek him out for an upcoming story.  i thought the young aubrey plaza did an excellent job as the intern who befriends kenneth, the writer of the article.  i was also happy to see jake johnson, who i’ve only seen as struggling hipster roommate in ‘new girl’, play the writer who uses the story as an excuse to track down his childhood flame.

the movie is essentially about finding someone to connect with, and i found myself less worried about whether kenneth could actually travel back in time than in following the somewhat oddball characters and their journeys to a higher degree of self-discovery.  there is a real feeling of warmth throughout the movie which you don’t typically find in some of the higher-budget films.  overall, highly recommended.

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