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Scrambler Watches: Safety Not Guaranteed.

Yoish. I've watched a lot of films since I came to China, but I can honestly say I haven't enjoyed one as much as Safety Not Guaranteed. I also now believe that the phrase 'time travel rom com' has some credibility (no thanks to Eric Bana, who tried to kill it with that shitty Time Travelers Wife dross).

The film is based on this classified ad, that was actually put in a newspaper in 1997 (and went on to sprout a meme):


In this story, a reporter named Jeff  (played by New Girl's Jake Johnson, who is rapidly becoming my favourite comic actor) heads to investigate the placer of the ad with two interns, Darius and Arnau (Aubrey Plaza, who I have an EPIC crush on, and Karan Soni, who is an Indian male and does nothing for me sexually). Needless to say, the man who placed the ad is a smidge strange (played by the awesome Mark Duplass*), and it falls on Darius' gorgeous shoulders to investigate while Jeff hits on an old flame, before becoming more and more interested in what the story could become. Is Duplass' character a quirky genius, or a paranoid lunatic? The film does an excellent job of not quite answering this question.

Without giving anything away, this manages to be both a believable romantic comedy AND a believable time travel movie. It also manages to be a stunningly shot indie movie that tells a fantastic story without getting stuck inside it's own arse - quite a rare feat. I am a SUCKER for rom coms, and this one punches well above its weight, with real characters, a strong story, solid comedy bits and real emotion. And the soundtrack by Ryan Miller is fucking fantastic as well. I seriously JUST finished this movie, and I'm already looking forward to watching it again tomorrow night.

I cannot recommend highly enough. 5 stunning-songs-on-the-zither out of 5.

*FUN TRIVIA - Duplass used to play in a band called 'Volcano, I'm Still Excited!", which is the greatest name for a band in history.