In "Safety Not Guaranteed," three employees of Seattle Magazine head to the scenic, seaside communit...y of Ocean View, WA to find and profile the man behind a bizarre and hilarious classified ad looking for a partner to travel through
time. Darius (Aubrey Plaza) is a disillusioned live-at-home college grad, who interns at the magazine. Along with her fellow intern Arnau (Karan Soni), a studious Biology major working at the magazine to diversify his resume, and their
hard partying boss, Jeff (Jake Johnson), the threesome set out to discover and write a story about the mysterious person behind the preposterous ad. The mismatched trio land in Ocean View with no more than a PO Box number to
guide them in their investigation, but no sooner have they checked into their hotel than Jeff abandons the job to track down a long lost love interest who lives in the beach community. Darius asserts herself as the lead reporter and finds their subject, Kenneth (Mark Duplass) - an offbeat character - stocking canned goods at the local grocery store. Darius’ disaffected attitude serves her well, perhaps for the first time ever, and she quickly endears herself to Kenneth as she poses as a candidate to accompany him on his mission. Kenneth is leery of Darius' motives and is not entirely convinced that she isn’t working for the 'secret agents' that are tracking his every move, but through a series of training exercises she begins to gain his trust. And while the absurdity of their mission is without question, the
dedication and skill that Kenneth puts into his preparations are no laughing matter.
Jeff meanwhile tracks down Liz (Jenica Bergere), his fling from his teenage years, and though she does not embody his fond memories, they reconnect. He opens his heart to her, and is ultimately surprised at her response. As Darius
gets pulled further into the strange world of Kenneth, Jeff begins to realize his regrets, and does everything he can to make sure Arnau doesn't let his youth slip away. Changing the past, preventing the future, altering the present - the
mission is different for everyone, but the power to hope for something better is universal.