The hilarious script is actually based on a real classified ad from years ago. The man who placed the ad gave the producers permission to use it as a starting point for a film, and he even has a cameo in the movie.
But Safety Not Guaranteed
isn’t just a comedy. The story has real heart. That, and Star Wars
jokes. The climax of the film was met by the largest applause that I’ve heard at Sundance this year. Festival-goers were on cloud nine leaving the theater. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this film win the audience award. I would be surprised if the film doesn’t get picked up quickly.
plays the character seriously for great comedic effect. He might be insane but you want to believe that he’s for real. Jake Johnson
is also great in a supporting role. Johnson is an up and coming name in comedy, who now has a starring role on the hit tv series New Girl
. You might also recognize him as the on-screen director in Paper Heart
or as Teddy in Max Winkler’s Ceremony