Best and Worst of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'Lay the Favorite,' 'The Surrogate'
What to see and avoid when these flicks come your way
Best: 'Safety Not Guaranteed'
Movie history littered with talented stand ups and supporting actors who just couldn't carry a feature comedy on their own. Fans of Aubrey Plaza may be surprised to learn that the "Parks and Recreation" star doesn't fall into that category after the debut of the farcical dramedy "Safety Not Guaranteed." It helps that Plaza is surrounded by a more than capable ensemble including Jake M. Johnson ("New Girl"), Mary Lynn Rajskub, newcomer Karan Soni and current indie darling Mark Duplass Admittedly, the script gets sidetracked a bit with Johnson's character, but the unexpected and moving ending makes up for it in the end. And Plaza? She actually conveys warmth and a three-dimensional character. Who knew?
- Gregory Ellwood