I’m a sucker for a time travel movie, so when I got the chance to see this one I jumped. I mean, how can you resist this classified ad that starts the whole adventure:
“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.”
Three writers—well, one writer and two interns—from a magazine head out to find the story behind the ad. Actually, the writer may have had an ulterior motive for the trip, but the interns are there for the story. Actually, one intern is there for the story, the other is just along to play video games. It’s complicated.
It’s also sweet, funny, and charming. Rated R for language (including some sexual references), the story is less about the how of time travel and more about the why. Special props to Aubrey Plaza for her portrayal of Darius, the oddly-named (for a girl) college student whose awkwardness is part of her charm.
I did find it appalling that Darius’s father gave her grief because she was a virgin. I realize Hollywood’s view of appropriate behavior is at odds with my own, but really? Has it come to this, that fathers are encouraging their young daughters to have casual, meaningless sex? Does he really value her so cheaply?
Sexual standards aside, the film was nicely acted, beautifully filmed, and kept a packed theater actively engaged the whole time. It tackled some pretty heavy topics and made some excellent points while keeping the laughs coming. Ah, if only all those well-meaning but heavy-handed Christian ‘message’ films could be this enjoyable to watch.