DVD review: 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

Film fans who resist the urge to automatically dismiss the “Safety Not Guaranteed” as a quirky-for-the-sake-of-quirkiness hipster comedy will be pleasantly surprised at the indie's refreshing originality and unexpected resonance.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: November 9, 2012

So, Darius makes contact with the would-be time traveler, Kenneth (actor/producer Mark Duplass, “Your Sister's Sister”), who not surprisingly is a paranoid oddball. Darius starts out humoring Kenneth's deadly serious firearms training and code-deciphering lessons, but the die-hard cynic is startled to find herself attracted to his sweet nature and sincere belief that he is capable of traveling back to 2001 on a mission driven by love and regret.

By the time Kenneth serenades her on the zither — Duplass shows some impressive pipes and musical chops performing the original “Big Machine,” penned by Guster's Ryan Miller — viewers will be ready to follow him anywhere, even if it takes a homemade laser-powered time machine to get there.

Bonus features: Two making-of featurettes, including a brief interview with John Silveira, the Backwoods Home Magazine staffer who wrote the real-life ad that inspired the movie.

— Brandy McDonnell

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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