So we included Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed in our Sundance 2012 preview, and after building a lot of positive buzz at the festival we finally got a trailer yesterday.
Indiewire calls the clip endearing, and I have to agree but have to say it looks like so much more too. A smart, funny and well-thought-out film is always damn hard to find during the sunny months, so this will be very welcome when it hits North American cinemas on June 8th. I imagine a European release will follow at the tail-end of the summer.
Aubrey Plaza (April from NBC’s Parks and Recreation) and mumblecore-alumni Mark Duplass (c0-director of Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives at Home) looks like a great leading pair and with an ample supporting cast of players (Kirsten Bell, Jake M. Johnson, Jeff Garlin to name three), it looks eminently watchable.
Here’s the plot summary courtesy of those studs at the New York Times…
A personal ad placed for a time travel partner prompts an investigation involving three magazine reporters in this quirky comedy produced by Mark and Jay Duplass and starring Aubrey Plaza. Kenneth is a self-proclaimed time traveler who doesn’t want to take his next journey alone. Intrigued Kenneth’s cryptic ad, a local newspaper editor dispatches cynical reporter Darius (Plaza) and a pair of other employees to get the scoop. Upon meeting Kenneth, Darius see past his peculiar front and recognizes the lonely soul inside. As genuine as Kenneth may be, however, his questionable sanity leaves Darius uncertain of how to proceed with her story.
The only problem the film may face is the fact that it’s opening opposite Ridley Scott’s Prometheus on this side of the Atlantic. I actually don’t see this as a big problem as counter-programming always tends to do quite well when blockbusters are involved. Prometheus seems to be leaning toward reeling in the genre fans on opening weekend, making Safety Not Guaranteed an inspired alternative.
The cool kids amongst us will of course see both on opening weekend.