WANTED: Someone 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
It all starts with one of the greatest premises I've ever heard: a group of journalists investigate a classified ad stating, amongst other things: "Someone to go back in time with me." No, the ad is not a joke, and while "Safety Not Guaranteed" is a comedy, it does not treat the subject matter as such. There is a big difference between being mean, and prodding delicately.
"Safety Not Guaranteed" is a Mumblecore film that is light on the mumbles. To call it a straight-up comedy would be a disservice. To call it a dramedy also wouldn't quite be the right word. It falls somewhere else in between.
Aubrey Plaza plays Darius, who can be added to her collection of sarcastic, anti-social sad sacks. While I feel I should be tired of it at this point, like I felt with Steve Carell in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," I strangely feel like this is the only role Plaza should be playing. Every time she plays a character like Darius, it is as if she is revealing some new layer of her true self.