"Safety Not Guaranteed"
**** (four stars)
The hipster contingent at Sundance may scoff at the crowd-pleasing warmth of "Safety Not Guaranteed," a cheerfully comic romance that starts with cynicism and ends up somewhere else entirely. It begins when jaded Seattle magazine reporter Jeff (Jake Johnson) pitches a story – about a classified ad seeking a time-travel companion – and drags two interns, morose Darius (Aubrey Plaza) and nerdy Arnau (Karan Soni) to track down the ad's writer. Darius finds him, a grocery clerk named Kenneth (Mark Duplass), who says he is building a time machine and enlists a wary Darius into his training regimen. Director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly create a touching and funny comedy that veers from absurdity to tenderness with ease. Credit Plaza ("Parks and Recreation") for breaking through Darius' sarcastic shell, and Duplass for finding the genius within the madness.
-- Sean P. Means
"Safety Not Guaranteed" screens again (with the macabre short "Bear"):
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|2.||Utah to BLM: Rein in your cops|
|3.||Prep football: Is Jordan QB Austin Kafentzis Utah’s best ever?|
|4.||In Utah’s same-sex marriage debate, should the children be off limits?|
|5.||Cougar released back into the wild after SLC adventure|
|6.||Utah football: Utes have little margin for error vs. Washington St. (Video)|
|7.||Meet the maestro of Utah’s TV chefs|
|8.||Coal mogul Bob Murray expects more bankruptcies|
|9.||Patagonia catalog shows illegal climbing in Capitol Reef, fines levied|