Safety Not Guaranteed

2012

Safety Not Guaranteed

Critics Consensus

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

90%

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80%

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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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All Critics (143) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (129) | Rotten (14)

  • 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.

    Jan 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • his time-travel romcom wastes lead Aubrey Plaza and dithers until its geek-pandering finale.

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

    Mike McCahill

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  • Few films so gloriously live up to their potential.

    Dec 26, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | 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.

    Dec 18, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • How do you incorporate a science-fiction element in a low-budget indie production? For answers, see the engaging new comedy Safety Not Guaranteed...

    Nov 2, 2012
  • The film balances the extraordinary and ordinary with great aplomb, and Duplass and Plaza give beautifully judged performances.

    Oct 18, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Safety Not Guaranteed

  • Jul 12, 2016
    Sci-fi lo-fi. Odd but endearing and a good showcase for Aubrey Plaza.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    Safety Not Guaranteed is a feel good movie with light comedy and indie charm. The plot and acting, while not outstanding, are fine for what it is. The film moves along at a decent pace and comes to an end quickly enough. If viewed with modest expectations, Safety Not Guaranteed is fine for an evening's entertainment. Time travel fans should be warned that this is not a movie about time travel, really at all.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2014
    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 r Super Reviewer

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