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February 24, 2012 1:06 PM   Subscribe

A full-length feature film has been made based on the infamous "WANTED: Somebody to go back in time with me." meme. The film, Safety Not Guaranteed [IMDB], will screen at SXSW. (Previously.)
posted by patr1ck (20 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
No trailer?
posted by clockworkjoe at 1:08 PM on February 24, 2012


This film stars both Kristen Bell and Aubrey Plaza. I think we might be burying the lede a bit with the framing.
posted by Navelgazer at 1:10 PM on February 24, 2012 [8 favorites]


2012 is shaping up to be the year of meme movies.
posted by mediated self at 1:10 PM on February 24, 2012


Navelgazer: I think IMDB has that part a little wrong. The press notes mention Kristen Bell as having a very minor role, as she was only on set for a day.
posted by patr1ck at 1:12 PM on February 24, 2012


Gotta say the (potential) plot is a hell of a lot more interesting than Cowboys vs. Aliens or whatever that mess of a meme was.
posted by mrgrimm at 1:24 PM on February 24, 2012


Yeah, and really, how do you make a movie in 2012 without making a trailer?
posted by mrgrimm at 1:24 PM on February 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


mrgrimm: Gotta say the (potential) plot is a hell of a lot more interesting than Cowboys vs. Aliens or whatever that mess of a meme was.

That wasn't a meme. It was a long con (of sorts) to get a Hollywood movie made.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:32 PM on February 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


The un-trailer, which is Colin Trevorrow chatting about the movie and the implications of time travel, and coming to terms with not being able to correct your past errors.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:39 PM on February 24, 2012


I demand that everyone in this movie have the haircut in the original personals ad.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:40 PM on February 24, 2012


Remember how funny "snakes on a plane" was, so long as it stayed on the Internet?
posted by benito.strauss at 2:00 PM on February 24, 2012


Actually, no.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:20 PM on February 24, 2012


Remember how funny "snakes on a plane" was, so long as it stayed on the Internet?

I could be wrong but didn't the internet joke start as a result of the fact there was a movie being made with a ludicrous working title? This seems the reverse of that....not to mention the premise has enough potential to work as a movie and to go in any number of directions, whereas Snakes on a Plane was pretty much doomed to be a movie set on a plane which was full of snakes.
posted by Hoopo at 2:32 PM on February 24, 2012


scratch that, I suppose the movie could also have been about snakes on a flat 2-dimensional surface, snakes being sliced into very thin strips by woodworking tools, or possibly some other level of existence or consciousness that is largely characterized by the presence of snakes. My previous comment demonstrates a failure of imagination on my part and I apologize.
posted by Hoopo at 2:52 PM on February 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


Hunh, I remembered wrong. It was an in-production movie whose title was leaked on to the internet.
posted by benito.strauss at 2:53 PM on February 24, 2012


Is this the film that Aubry Plaza told Marc Maron she gets nasty in? 'Cause I'm gonna need some confirmation on that.
posted by humboldt32 at 2:59 PM on February 24, 2012


Somewhere in time, John Titor is very pissed that he's not getting a movie.
posted by Copronymus at 3:50 PM on February 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


humboldt32: "Is this the film that Aubry Plaza told Marc Maron she gets nasty in? 'Cause I'm gonna need some confirmation on that."

'Cuz, if it is, I'm going to have to see that. Screw the reviews.
posted by Samizdata at 5:49 PM on February 24, 2012


'Cuz, if it is, I'm going to have to see that. Screw the reviews.

You won't even need to do that. I thought it sounded fascinating, so I looked up what advance reviews had given it, and it's been a pretty consistent arthouse 8-9 from what I've seen.

I'll certainly go to see it (that is, if it screens anywhere here in Australia, which is possible but not holding my breath).
posted by solarion at 6:21 PM on February 24, 2012


I'm guessing at least a portion of the arthouse love is thanks to the cinematography by the extremely talented Ben Kasulke, who is probably best known for his work on Lynn Shelton's mumblecore bromcom Hump Day. He's also been well-received for his work on the haunting The Off Hours, the documentary Wheedle's Groove, and Treatment, starring Sean Nelson of Harvey Danger fame. The film also features Mark Duplass, from Humpday, and he and his brother Jay (perhaps best known for 2005's The Puffy Chair) are also producing. With Lynn Shelton appearing in the film and Lacey Leavitt co-producing, it's like a Seattle filmmaker party.

In fact, the film was shot here in Washington over four weeks last summer, in part thanks to the Washington Film Incentive. Unfortunately for Washington filmmakers, the current economic climate and push for austerity in Olympia is leading towards a discontinuation of the incentive program.

posted by lantius at 8:39 PM on February 24, 2012


Huh, apparently they're also making a movie about Chris Crocker, the "leave Britney alone" guy. So it's a big year for memes at sundance.
posted by delmoi at 8:05 PM on February 25, 2012


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