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Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)



Critic Consensus: Safety Not Guaranteed's ostensibly modest ambitions are outmatched by the movie's strong performances, beguiling charm, and heartfelt story.

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From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine - When an unusual classified 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. -- (C) Official Site

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Mark Duplass
as Kenneth
Kristen Bell
as Belinda
Jeff Garlin
as Mr. Britt
Basil Harris
as Restaurant Manager
Alice Zhang Hung
as Shift Manager
Hassan "Christos" Messiah
as Boyfriend in Car
Keli Schurman-Darby
as Girlfriend in Car
Lynn Shelton
as Uptight Mom
Peter Anthony Jacobs
as Deputy Sheriff
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Critic Reviews for Safety Not Guaranteed

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (50)

The film is obviously low-budget but has a smart script and a real feeling for those who would like to turn back the clock. Its modesty on the whole becomes it, and Plaza is a real find.

January 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

his time-travel romcom wastes lead Aubrey Plaza and dithers until its geek-pandering finale.

December 27, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The independent sector of American cinema, you would think, would do better.

December 27, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Few films so gloriously live up to their potential.

December 26, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An endearingly oddball indie sci-fi.

December 24, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Plaza and Duplass are enormously watchable, and there's a sweet sadness in the movie's focus on lost dreams and missed chances, and the truism that we all long for a time machine every once in a while.

December 18, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Safety Not Guaranteed


Extremely amusing, entertaining and quirky comedy about reporters following the story of a man searching for an aide in time travelling. That's not as much based in Sci-Fi as it sounds, but can rely on great performances and interesting characters. Unfortunately the ending comes a little sudden, while you would have loved to follow those characters around a little longer. No wonder director Trevorrow went on to much bigger films soon after this.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


A personality piece of a sci-fi story: a guy advertises for a partner to go time traveling with. An indie rag decides to look into the possible story by sending one reporter and two interns to look into it. What's really up for grabs though is the idea that all of us have the experience of the-one-that-got-away, the regret inherent with that, and the consideration: would we go back if we could? It's a personality piece cause that's what keeps us in the tale, the personalities involved, and not the time travel angle at all. It's not bad at all.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Got to admit, nearly gave up on this early on. Glad I persevered. Strange little movie about an unlikely pair getting together. I was so happy with the ending as I really feared it was going to turn out the other way and I si didn't want it to. Yes, this movie got me to care!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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