I love romantic comedies. I love GOOD romantic comedies, I should say. I have been disappointed with the genre for quite a while. Years, maybe. It seems that studios are just hitting copy and paste, giving us the same story-line with a different cast.
Tonight, I saw the sweetest, quirkiest, loveliest romantic comedy, Safety Not Guaranteed, and it renewed my love of the genre, and movies in general. I even had my hands in the air cheering at the end, but don't worry, I won't spoil it for you.
The plot: Darius Britt (Aubrey Plaza) is a disillusioned college graduate who lives at home with her widower father (Jeff Garlin), and who interns at a Seattle magazine. One of the magazine's writers, Jeff Schwensen (Jake M. Johnson), proposes to investigate a newspaper classified ad that reads:
"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. I have only done this once before. Safety not guaranteed."
Jeff's story idea is approved by his boss, Bridget (Mary Lynn Rajskub). Jeff selects Darius and Arnau (Karan Soni), a studious biology major interning at the magazine to diversify his resume, to assist him. They travel to the seaside community of Ocean View to find and profile the person behind the ad. (from Wikipedia)
I just wanted others to know about this film. Heck, maybe I'm just behind and everyone else has already seen it and loves it. But maybe, there is someone out there like me, who thinks the last great romantic comedy was 2001's Return To Me, and if I can help them to find this movie, and they too will know that movies are not dead. They aren't all cookie cutters of each other. If I can do that, then I have done my job here.
This is just a small movie with a small budget, but it was packed with fun, wit, and heart, a lot more than anything I've seen in a long time.