Three Imaginary Girls

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{Safety Not Guaranteed opened in Seattle on Friday, June 8, and is playing at Sundance Seattle Cinemas — aka: the old Metro — and the Regal Meridian 16}

While SIFF isn't completely over yet, one of my favorite films of both SIFF and SXSW is opening locally. Meaning you can see something great without standing in line. Though you seriously should still catch a few more SIFF films while you can.

The film's setup is as basic as it is brilliant – a cryptic classified ad attracts the attention of a reporter at Seattle Magazine:

"Wanted: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. P.O. Box 91 Ocean View, WA 99393. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED."

Whether it's out of genuine interest or desire for a weekend out of town to try and hook up with an old flame, he pitches an investigation into the classified listing. Before you know it Jeff (Jake M. Johnson) along with interns Darius (Aubrey Plaza) and Arnau (Karan Soni) are down by the Washington shore staking out a post office box to identify the time traveler in question. It doesn't take long for them to identify Kenneth (Mark Duplass) as he's picking up mail.

First Jeff attempts to make contact, but things doesn't really click. A more subtle approach by Darius does the trick and she begins the process of becoming his confidant. Jeff deals with the reality of time's impact on his lost love (who is shockingly no longer 18). More of each character is revealed, we learn Kenneth's motivations and laugh-out-loud hilarity ensues … amongst some sweet and occasionally touching moments.

I think the only people who might not love Safety Not Guaranteed are the publishers of Seattle Weekly, whose magazine gets made fun of at times. As a whole it's a dynamite film that's just a ton of fun. It's amusing, it's sweet, and it makes you think about the things you'd want to go back and change in your past. Suspect we've all got a few of those to wrestle with as we go to bed each night.

Oh, and it's about flippin' time travel …. (maybe). Sometimes it's better to say less than more. This is definitely one of those occasions. Go see what all the buzz is about yourself.