Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 Sitemore
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
Film District - Official Site


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" Me...
as Boyfriend in Car
Keli Schurman-Darby
as Girlfriend in Car
Lynn Shelton
as Uptight Mom
Peter Anthony Jacobs
as Deputy Sheriff
David Schultz
as Co-Worker
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News & Interviews for Safety Not Guaranteed

Critic Reviews for Safety Not Guaranteed

All Critics (140) | 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

Plaza and Duplass do great, believable work, and it's a debut that both writer (Connolly) and director (Trevorrow) can proudly hang their hats on.

Full Review… | April 17, 2016

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

Audience Reviews for Safety Not Guaranteed


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

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

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 Quotes

Darius: There's no sense in nonsense, especially when the heat's hot.
– Submitted by Alejandro S (3 years ago)
Kenneth: You ever face certain death?
Darius: If it was so certain, I wouldnt be here, would I?
– Submitted by Alejandro S (3 years ago)
Darius: Do you sell guns here?
Kenneth: What kind of guns?
Darius: I don't know. Something sexy, and affordable, with killing power.
Kenneth: You should try C&R Guns in Welkins. The state of Washington does not allow the sale of firearms on the business premises of a grocer.
Darius: Hmm. What about those thingies, with the spikey ball at the end of the chain...thingies, you know, do you have those?
Kenneth: What exactly is the intended use? Is there a pest problem or hunting?
Darius: Well if your ad had been written properly I might have a better idea of what I need.
– Submitted by Aisa M (3 years ago)
Darius: I don't know. Something sexy, and affordable, with killing power.
– Submitted by Aisa M (3 years ago)

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