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Review: 'Safety Not Guaranteed' is funny and touching

By Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
June 8, 2012 -- Updated 1442 GMT (2242 HKT)
Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass star in
Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass star in "Safety Not Guaranteed."
  • Peter Travers: "Safety Not Guaranteed" is an unexpected gift
  • Director Colin Trevorrow keeps the film humming with funny surprises
  • Aubrey Plaza is a flat-out enchantress

(Rolling Stone) -- Sometimes a movie comes out of nowhere and wins you over.

"Safety Not Guaranteed" is that kind of unexpected gift.

At first, the story smacks of quirk: A loner (Mark Duplass) places an ad for a partner to join him in traveling back in time ("Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed").

Tracking the story are Seattle journos Jeff (Jake Johnson), Arnau (Karan Soni) and Darius (Aubrey Plaza), who falls for the big guy.

Director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly keep the film humming with funny and touching surprises. And Plaza is a flat-out enchantress.

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