Safety Not Guaranteed

"I love Aubrey Plaza," a colleague recently told me about her desire to see Safety Not Guaranteed. Never having watched Parks and Recreation, I now agree. With her deadpan impatience/intelligence, Plaza plays Darius, an intern at Seattle magazine sent to the Olympic Peninsula to help write a snarky take-down on some poor schmuck who thinks he's invented a time machine. Only the sad, lonely Kenneth (Mark Duplass) isn't quite so pitiful as he first seems. Working as a grocery store clerk, driving a rusty old Datsun, and possibly paranoid about government agents monitoring him, Kenneth turns out to be a melancholy, time-obsessed, kindred soul to Darius. She's fixated on a family tragedy in her past, and Kenneth seems equally unhappy with the present. There's something way back that he wants to fix (unless that something lies in his own head). Directed by Colin Trevorrow, who'll attend tonight's screening, Safety capers through the now with comic assurance, but it's always weighted by history and memory. A bring young thing of the moment, Plaza possesses a gravity beyond her years. (PG-13) BRIAN MILLER

Wed., May 23, 7 p.m.; Fri., May 25, 4:30 p.m., 2012

 
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