Safety Not Guaranteed

I’ve been thinking about Safety Not Guaranteed as Back to the Future, if Doc Brown was stuck on a former co-worker, and Marty was Aubrey Plaza… and as much as I love the 1985 classic  (the very first film I remember watching), I think the new film is more emotionally resonant, and is just as funny.

Safety Not Guaranteed ends with a monologue by Mark Duplass’s character, Kenneth, talking about why he is seeking a partner, despite the restrictions partnership entails. When I saw the film with Anna Moriarty-Lev, she turned to me and said, “That’s a great description of marriage!” I haven’t been able to find the quote online, so you’ll have to watch the movie for the full effect, but I can tell you that she was right on.

The true subject of Safety Not Guaranteed is not time travel, at least not how we generally think about it, but relationship. My favorite storyline of the film was about Jeff, the skeezy journalist who wants to hook up with an old flame. He is the true time-traveler in the film, and is the character who is most changed, both in his experience and our estimation.

Anyone have any thoughts regarding the ear?

About janetmcurran

Janet Curran is the Managing Director of Images Cinema. She watches most everything that shows at the cinema, and usually has an opinion about it!
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