Aubrey Plaza is hysterical as the bitter and stoic April on Parks and Recreation, but we remained skeptical about her ability to carry a film when we heard she had scored the lead role in Safety Not Guaranteed. Turns out we were very, very wrong. Between this and Rashida Jones’ Celeste and Jesse Forever, the supporting ladies of Parks are having a pretty awesome festival. Where you at Donna?
“A big win for everyone involved, Safety Not Guaranteed is especially exciting for fans of Aubrey Plaza, who proves she’s good for more than snarky scene-stealing and can actually carry a film. The movie’s time-travel theme may be what intrigues moviegoers, but reality-based comic performances and Derek Connolly’s fine, funny script will have them recommending it to friends. Multiplex-friendly and thoroughly winning, its box-office prospects are strong.” – THR
“Aubrey Plaza is charming. I first saw her in Mystery Team at the festival in 2009 and said she was a young talent to watch. Plaza has since had some mainstream roles in Funny People, Scott Pilgrim and has become a regular on the hit comedy series Parks and Rec. Safety is Plaza’s first starring role, and she runs with it.” – /Film
“Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”) and Duplass make a winning pair, all the more so given the physically improbable match between the tall, goofy-looking Kenneth and the petite goth-girl-lite several years his junior. The rakishly appealing Johnson steals scenes left and right as a character who might well have been merely obnoxious, and he strikes up a hilarious wingman-novice rapport with Soni’s shy, sexually inexperienced intern.” – Variety
“Director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly create a touching and funny comedy that veers from absurdity to tenderness with ease. Credit Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”) for breaking through Darius’ sarcastic shell, and Duplass for finding the genius within the madness.” – Salt Lake Tribune