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Swell Times Guaranteed

The classified ad published in a 1997 issue of Oregon’s Backwood’s Home magazine reads as :

“WANTED: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.”

The ad was created by the editor of the magazine just fill space, but became an  an internet meme phenomenon.  To make Safety Not Guaranteed into an enjoyable, if not downright lovable film, some liberties were taken, but not to the point of it coming across as cartoonish.

If Zooey Deschanel is peas porridge hot, and Ellen Page is peas porridge cold, Aubrey Plaza ( Parks and Recreation)  is peas porridge just right. Here she plays Darius, a young magazine intern who’s not quite broken but is certainly in need of a tuneup.  She is asked by her editor to go undercover and answer the ad for reals, and meets up with it’s eccentric author Kenneth, played by Mark Duplas ( from the television show The League)

To say that Kenneth has some issues with the consistency of his personality would be a bit of an understatement. As much as it seems like Darius is leaning towards falling for the charming, yet damaged Kenneth, you do kind of ask yourself is she should fall for him.

This sci-fi dramedy  doesn’t quite have the aftertaste of 500 Days of Summer, and is a bit more accessible than Little Miss Sunshine. A wonderful date movie that is playing in most multiplexes alongside summer blockbusters, it’s also well worth going out of your way to see at the indie theaters.

and if you don’t have a date, we that hear inventing a time machine is a good conversation starter.

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2 responses to “Swell Times Guaranteed

  1. Excited to see this movie, finally hit my theater. Might want to check out my latest post…there’s a new meme going around and you just got tagged!

  2. Definitely looking forward to it after this read and trailer. Thanks for bringing it to my attention EA.

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