Safety Not Guaranteed

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  1. Adam Lenhardt

    Adam Lenhardt Executive Producer

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    At the pitch meeting for an alternative magazine, nobody seems to have any ideas. Then one of the reporters throws out the idea of profiling the man responsible for a wacky classified ad:
    WANTED: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. P.O. Box 91, Ocean View, WA 98644. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED.
    He brings with him two introverted and unsociable interns, before quickly revealing he only pitched the story to pursue a childhood crush living in the area. The girl intern, Darius, tracks down the owner of the PO box, Kenneth, and inserts herself into his life.
    Kenneth is different. Not mentally handicapped, not insane, but different. But Darius isn't exactly normal herself. As she shadows him, building up trust and fleshing out her profile, their relationships brings to light unexpected things about both of them.
    Meanwhile Kenneth's paranoia grows. He's convinced that he's being watched by powerful interests. He's not wrong.
    By the end of the film, you'll have a pretty good idea whether Kenneth's ad is for real. But by then you'll realize it's not about the ad anymore.
    The film is not fast-paced, or aggressively shot. There's a casualness to the shooting style that eases us into Kenneth's world without feeling like voyeurs. The four main characters are all broken people. They finish the film less cynical and pessimistic than they began.
     
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    TravisR Studio Mogul

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    I caught Safety Not Guaranteed last weekend and really liked it. As a cynical bastard, I like seeing other people shaking their cynicism.
     
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    Is it in limited release? I'd like to see it, but i didn't even realize it was out. Nit showing at the Megaplex. I'm not sure if I have an indie theater here.
     
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    TravisR Studio Mogul

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    It just opened at an AMC near me this weekend but I assume it's probably only on about 100 or 200 screens total.
     

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