Safety Not Guaranteed

Safety Not Guaranteed

Safety Not Guaranteed

Indie comedy, from the producers of Little Miss Sunshine, about three cynical Seattle magazine employees who investigate a classified ad calling for time travel companions. They discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth (Mark Duplass), a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk who believes he's solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart soon. Also stars Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) and Jake Johnson (New Girl).

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance Film Festival 2012.
2012Rating: MA15+, for language including some sexual references86 minsUSA
Comedy

Reviews & comments

A little charmer.

Hard not to like this little flick. A charming story about how we would all like to go back and change something somewhere in our past but should always the present. All the characters are well developed and the plot rolls quietly along taking us with it to the point where we are really rooting for this guy to be on the level. Well worth the ticket price.

4.0

Film of the year!

Finally, a GREAT film that doesn't rely on Hollywood A listers and millions of dollars spend on CGI to tell a story. Safety Not Guaranteed is funny, original and well told. You genuinely feel like you know the characters, or at least know someone just like them and you so badly want Kenneth to not be a complete fruit-loop! I loved this film and the...

5.0

cute, low budget flick

nice movie as long as you are not expecting too many special effects or plot twists etc. But certainly still makes for an enjoyable evening out

4.0

Enjoyment not guaranteed

I can generally tell within the first five or ten minutes if I'm going to dislike a movie. Sure, sometimes things get off to a shaky start and salvage themselves as a story is allowed to develop, but unfortunately it's often the opposite, and something that starts well falters later on. Colin Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed, a film with a more unpleasant...

2.0

Loved it

Safety not guaranteed is one of those films that simply excels when it comes to building a relationship between those on screen and the viewer left sitting in the dark, hopelessly enthralled. Whilst it began somewhat woodenly, ever so slightly rushed, it soon grew into what it was aiming for; constructing a world of tangible realism despite its seemingly...

4.0

Clever Mix of Indie and Mainstream

This film had a great sense of humour and kept the laughs coming thick and fast while being able to still make the characters and situations feel believeable. While it is very understated it managed to avoid being too artsy, having a healthy mix of quirky indie character drama with accessible humour. The pacing was just about perfect, and manages to keep...

4.0

Indie rom-com par excellence!

On the vanguard of the apparently re-burgeoning time-travel genre - surely a spate of averagely written cash-clones are in development as this film plays?! - director Colin Trevorrow's maiden feature voyage SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED is even less interested in focusing on it's apparent genre framework than Rian Johnson's also excellent (and currently playing)...

4.0

Aubrey Plaza

Mmm

5.0

Deadpan and Offbeat

It's quirky without being over the top.

4.0

Loved this film

This movie was just gorgeous, I came out smiling. Funny, surprising and had really likeable characters. Most importantly the trailer doesn't give away the entire plot. In the words of Kenneth - wanna see something cool? Make sure you check this film out, you'll love it.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Develops into an endearingly scrappy and romantic romp that serves up some nice soul-searching moments alongside a steady stream of laughs.

USA Today

USA Today

press

It's equally endearing as a sweetly funny romance between two likable oddballs and as a low-tech time-travel thriller, and has something profound to say about making the most of the present.

Time Out

Time Out

press

'Safety Not Guaranteed' doesn't quite know what kind of comedy it wants to be; the humor works best in its first hour, when the news-of-the-weird plot takes on a suggestive dimension of romantic desperation.

3.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly keep the film humming with funny and touching surprises. And Plaza is a flat-out enchantress.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

'Safety Not Guaranteed' not only has dialogue that's about something, but characters who have some depth and dimension.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Aubrey Plaza proves she can carry a film with this multiplex-friendly comedy about time travel.

Variety

Variety

press

Develops into an endearingly scrappy and romantic romp that serves up some nice soul-searching moments alongside a steady stream of laughs.

USA Today

USA Today

press

It's equally endearing as a sweetly funny romance between two likable oddballs and as a low-tech time-travel thriller, and has something profound to say about making the most of the present.

Time Out

Time Out

press

'Safety Not Guaranteed' doesn't quite know what kind of comedy it wants to be; the humor works best in its first hour, when the news-of-the-weird plot takes on a suggestive dimension of romantic desperation.

3.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly keep the film humming with funny and touching surprises. And Plaza is a flat-out enchantress.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

'Safety Not Guaranteed' not only has dialogue that's about something, but characters who have some depth and dimension.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Aubrey Plaza proves she can carry a film with this multiplex-friendly comedy about time travel.

A little charmer.

Hard not to like this little flick. A charming story about how we would all like to go back and change something somewhere in our past but should always the present. All the characters are well developed and the plot rolls quietly along taking us with it to the point where we are really rooting for this guy to be on the level. Well worth the ticket price.

4.0

Film of the year!

Finally, a GREAT film that doesn't rely on Hollywood A listers and millions of dollars spend on CGI to tell a story. Safety Not Guaranteed is funny, original and well told. You genuinely feel like you know the characters, or at least know someone just like them and you so badly want Kenneth to not be a complete fruit-loop! I loved this film and the...

5.0

cute, low budget flick

nice movie as long as you are not expecting too many special effects or plot twists etc. But certainly still makes for an enjoyable evening out

4.0

Enjoyment not guaranteed

I can generally tell within the first five or ten minutes if I'm going to dislike a movie. Sure, sometimes things get off to a shaky start and salvage themselves as a story is allowed to develop, but unfortunately it's often the opposite, and something that starts well falters later on. Colin Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed, a film with a more...

2.0

Loved it

Safety not guaranteed is one of those films that simply excels when it comes to building a relationship between those on screen and the viewer left sitting in the dark, hopelessly enthralled. Whilst it began somewhat woodenly, ever so slightly rushed, it soon grew into what it was aiming for; constructing a world of tangible realism despite its seemingly...

4.0

Clever Mix of Indie and Mainstream

This film had a great sense of humour and kept the laughs coming thick and fast while being able to still make the characters and situations feel believeable. While it is very understated it managed to avoid being too artsy, having a healthy mix of quirky indie character drama with accessible humour. The pacing was just about perfect, and manages to keep...

4.0

Indie rom-com par excellence!

On the vanguard of the apparently re-burgeoning time-travel genre - surely a spate of averagely written cash-clones are in development as this film plays?! - director Colin Trevorrow's maiden feature voyage SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED is even less interested in focusing on it's apparent genre framework than Rian Johnson's also excellent (and currently playing)...

4.0

Aubrey Plaza

Mmm

5.0

Deadpan and Offbeat

It's quirky without being over the top.

4.0

Loved this film

This movie was just gorgeous, I came out smiling. Funny, surprising and had really likeable characters. Most importantly the trailer doesn't give away the entire plot. In the words of Kenneth - wanna see something cool? Make sure you check this film out, you'll love it.

4.0