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.

Movie Info

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

Rating: R (for language including some sexual references)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Derek Connolly
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 30, 2012
Box Office: $4.0M
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as Kenneth

as Restaurant Manager

as Mr. Britt

as Shift Manager

as Boyfriend in Car

as Girlfriend in Car

as Uptight Mom

as Deputy Sheriff

as Belinda

as Co-Worker
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Critic Reviews for Safety Not Guaranteed

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (34)

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.

Full Review… | December 18, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

What garbage cinematography! I'd gladly donate $10 to buy them an [expletive] tripod.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

It's just about everything you'd want in a summer movie, combining elements of romance, science fiction and comedy juiced with an element of frat-boy attitude.

Full Review… | May 24, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED sticks the landing.

Full Review… | April 3, 2013

Bouncing back and forth between belief and incredulity, the film weaves an engaging story about love, time travel and the importance of looking beyond the obvious.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Cinema Sight

Time travel and unexpected love combine for one of the best films of the year.

Full Review… | March 3, 2013
Concrete Playground

Audience Reviews for Safety Not Guaranteed

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

Super Reviewer

An adorable indie movie with charming characters (Plaza and Duplass have a great chemistry together), but it almost gets ruined by how Jeff's subplot is discarded without much thought into it and by a disappointing end that comes off as meaningless and inconsistent.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Safety Not Guaranteed manages to a highly entertaining comedy drama film with a terrific story and wonderful cast of actors. Here we have a film that has a well crafted story that is highly entertaining and is very good for what the filmmakers have created here is a worthwhile picture that is charming, fun and enjoyable. There are things that could have been improved upon, but for the most part, it's a near perfect example of a film that uses a good idea to its advantage to create something that goes beyond what you expect it to be. The characters are likeable, the story is well thought out with minor tweaks that could have been made in order to really make it a bit better. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this film, and felt that despite the fact that it was a small studio production; it succeeded far more than big time Hollywood films because of its plot, cast, direction and its characters. If you enjoy small budget films, then I strongly recommend this film. Sometimes, it's always great to see films like this because it really shows some terrific and talented filmmakers that turn out a very good film. With Safety Not Guaranteed we have a film that is entertaining from start to finish, one that is smart, witty and boasts terrific performances. For a drama / comedy, this one works well enough to keep involved from start to finish. If you're into these types of movies, you'll surely appreciate Safety Not Guaranteed for what it is. This is a film worth your time, and it is a fine film that has unique ideas and for that, it makes for a truly satisfying film going experience.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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