"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"):
|1.||Unbeaten US routs New Zealand 98-71 at World Cup|
|2.||Report: Ex-BYU QB Max Hall arrested on shoplifting, cocaine|
|3.||For many black Mormons, racism is a bigger issue than sexism|
|4.||USU football: Aggies won’t dwell on loss to Tennessee|
|5.||Five myths about the California drought|
|6.||Golf: Poulter, Westwood, Gallacher picked for Ryder Cup|
|7.||Kate Kelly: As sisters in Zion, inclusion of women is common goal|
|8.||Official food of the Utah State Fair sticks with you|
|9.||Former special ed student now leads Utah school district|
|10.||Martine Cafe in Salt Lake City reopens after recent remodel (before-and-after photos)|