Odd-Ball Comedy Comes to the Sunrise
The Sunrise Theater continues its July lineup of highly acclaimed independent films with the comedy-drama "Safety Not Guaranteed."
The film, from the producers of "Little Miss Sunshine," centers on an eccentric man who believes he can travel through time and three magazine reporters who want to cover his story.
This film will be shown on Thursday, July 12, Friday, July 13, and Monday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 15, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. (There will be no Saturday, July 14, showing due to the Blues Crawl.) The film is rated R and runs for 90 minutes.
"Safety Not Guaranteed" stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni, Jenica Bergere, Kristen Bell, Jeff Garlin and Mary Lynn Rajskub. It was directed by Colin Trevorrow.
The following plot summary comes from the film's website: An unusual classified ad appears that reads as follows: "WANTED: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You'll get paid when we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED."
The ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it. They discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk who believes he's solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.
The film has received outstanding reviews. Claudia Puig wrote in USA Today, "A fresh, funny, multilayered, character-driven story about hope, regret, overcoming fear and the redemption that comes from human connection."
Kenneth Turan, in The Los Angeles Times, describes the film "as sweet as it is eccentric - and it is wildly eccentric."
Roger Ebert writes that the film is "a more ambitious and touching movie than seems possible, given its starting point, which is this classified ad in an alternative newspaper."
The historic Sunrise Theater, located at 250 NW Broad St. in Southern Pines, is nonprofit.
Ticket prices are $7 and are only available at the box office prior to shows. Refreshments, including beer and wine, are available.
For information about this film or other cultural events at the Sunrise Theater, contact the theater at (910) 692-3611 or visit the website at www.sunrise theater.com.
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