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Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

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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
Rating:
R (for language including some sexual references)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 limited
On DVD:
Box Office:
$4,007,792.00
Runtime:
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Cast

Aubrey Plaza
as Darius
Mark Duplass
as Kenneth
Karan Soni
as Arnau
Kristen Bell
as Belinda
Jeff Garlin
as Mr. Britt
David Leo Schultz
as Co-Worker
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
Tony Doupe
as Smith
Xola Malik
as Jones
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All Critics (140) | Top Critics (35)

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

How do you incorporate a science-fiction element in a low-budget indie production? For answers, see the engaging new comedy Safety Not Guaranteed...

Full Review… | November 2, 2012
indieWIRE
Top Critic

Safety Not Guaranteed is droll and hilarious, but there isn't a cheap laugh in it, and the ending is so perfect it sends you soaring.

Full Review… | June 22, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

"Safety" can't sustain its own offbeat energy. By the end, even Aubrey Plaza would roll her eyes at it.

Full Review… | June 22, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

"Safety Not Guaranteed" is eccentric enough to get mistaken for an uplifting fantasy, but it's Plaza who belongs in the penthouse.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Neatly, the script embarks on one journey while dangling the possibility of another: the prospect of taking a sudden leap from comic reality into the realm of pure imagination.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Safety Not Guaranteed

½

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

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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