Notwithstanding the constantly growing catalog of available content on Netflix Instant, I know there are a lot of people out there who feel like they can’t find anything to watch. With this periodic series – Netflix Gems – I aim to introduce you to movies, tv shows and documentaries you may not know are hiding in there. While Netflix is still lagging behind where I think it should be on new releases and current seasons of television, there’s a whole bunch of awesome there as well, so let's talk about it right here.
This unusual ad found in the classifieds inspires a Seattle magazine journalist (Jake Johnson - Nick from New Girl) to track down the person behind it with two interns (Aubrey Plaza - April from Parks and Recreation and Karan Soni). They find Kenneth (Mark Duplass - Pete from The League), a mysterious and paranoid supermarket clerk who truly believes he can travel back in time. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, written by Derek Connolly and from the producers of Little Miss Sunshine.
Like many indie comedies, Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) has a lot of heart. It takes its subject matter - the possibility of time travel - very seriously (after some initial skepticism by the 3 Seattle magazine employees), which I kinda love. It also leaves you a little surprised. Watch the trailer here.
I already loved the main cast from their tv work, but I was happy to see they could be stretched a little farther dramatically here and sell it beautifully. I definitely recommend adding this movie to your queue, and at only an hour and 25 minutes long, don't be afraid to hit play.