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Safety Not Guaranteed

Safety Not Guaranteed
Safety Not Guaranteed Rating: 73 out of 100 based on 29 reviews.
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.
Cast
Lauren Carlos

Young Darius
Basil Harris

Restaurant Manager
David Schultz

Coworker (as David Leo Schultz)
Jeff Garlin

Mr. Britt
Alice Hung

Shift Manager
Hassan Cristos Messiah

Boyfriend in Car (as Hassan 'Cristos' Messiah)
Keli Schurman-Darby

Girlfriend in Car
Lynn Shelton

Uptight Mom
Production
Director:Colin Trevorrow
Producer:Michael B. Clark (executive producer)
Derek Connolly (producer)
Jay Duplass (executive producer)
Mark Duplass (executive producer)
John Hodges (executive producer)
Stephanie Langhoff (producer)
Lacey Leavitt (co-producer)
Peter Saraf (producer)
Colin Trevorrow (producer)
Marc Turtletaub (producer)
Writer:Derek Connolly (written by)
Reviews for Safety Not Guaranteed
Screen Jabber
In the September/October 1997 issue of Backwoods Home Magazine, a classified wanted ad requested: “Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke,” before concluding with: “Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed.
Reel Film Reviews
An intriguing yet erratic effort, Safety Not Guaranteed follows three magazine employees (Aubrey Plaza's Darius, Jake Johnson's Jeff, and Karan Soni's Arnau) as they attempt to find and interview the man (Mark Duplass' Kenneth) behind a classified ad...
Read review5 Jun 2012
LarsenOnFilm
Safety Not Guaranteed could have been something special if someone had been able to rouse it. As it stands, this is one of those casual indies that aspires mostly to nonchalance.
The A.V. Club
Substituting charm, and sometimes quirk, for special effects, the no-budget time-travel caper Safety Not Guaranteed squeaks by on goodwill and guarded expectations. Aubrey Plaza plays a Seattle magazine intern whose interest is piqued by a classified...
Read review7 Jun 2012
filmjabber
Set in beautiful Washington, Safety Not Guaranteed shows us what happens when you throw together a group of people who don't quite fit in, and are okay with that. When reporter Jeff (Jake Johnson) pitches an idea to do a story on a classified ad...
Articles
Disney’s remake of Flight Of The Navigator has acquired a new pair of writers in Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly.
Matt Maytum(totalfilm.com) - 2012-11-28
Reviews for Safety Not Guaranteed
Screen Jabber
In the September/October 1997 issue of Backwoods Home Magazine, a classified wanted ad requested: “Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke,” before concluding with: “Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed.
Reel Film Reviews
An intriguing yet erratic effort, Safety Not Guaranteed follows three magazine employees (Aubrey Plaza's Darius, Jake Johnson's Jeff, and Karan Soni's Arnau) as they attempt to find and interview the man (Mark Duplass' Kenneth) behind a classified ad...
Read review5 Jun 2012
LarsenOnFilm
Safety Not Guaranteed could have been something special if someone had been able to rouse it. As it stands, this is one of those casual indies that aspires mostly to nonchalance.
The A.V. Club
Substituting charm, and sometimes quirk, for special effects, the no-budget time-travel caper Safety Not Guaranteed squeaks by on goodwill and guarded expectations. Aubrey Plaza plays a Seattle magazine intern whose interest is piqued by a classified...
Read review7 Jun 2012
filmjabber
Set in beautiful Washington, Safety Not Guaranteed shows us what happens when you throw together a group of people who don't quite fit in, and are okay with that. When reporter Jeff (Jake Johnson) pitches an idea to do a story on a classified ad...
Reel Views
To be clear, Safety Not Guaranteed is not a science fiction movie. This is not about jumping into a time machine and popping into the future or the past. Viewers interested in that can watch Doctor Who. Instead, this is an indie romantic comedy with...
Read review12 Jun 2012
The Film Yap
“Safety Not Guaranteed” is a movie that involves time travel, but it’s not science-fiction. Instead it’s a funny/sad piece about a bunch of people whose lives are brought together by the prospect of going into the past and what effect that possibility...
Read review20 Jun 2012
iHaveNet.com
Sardonic like its heroine but, at heart, a sweetie, the fetching new comedy "Safety Not Guaranteed" came through the Sundance Film Festival where it won the screenwriting award. The film's based on a classified ad that ran in Backwoods Home magazine in...
Kc Active
Safety Not Guaranteed is a little comedy that makes the world safe for personal ads. Because of the requests made in personals or Craig’s List posting, it’s easy to wonder if the authors should be looking for therapy instead of lovers or employees.
Read review30 Jun 2012
Boxoffice Magazine
The last decade hasn't suffered from a shortage of Sundance films about quirky 20somethings falling into unlikely love, but Safety Not Guaranteed is, at least in its sci-fi-tinged premise, a more ambitious variant.
Read review4 Jun 2012
RedEye
Someone not paying attention to details may dismiss “Safety Not Guaranteed” as a standard indie quirkfest, featuring goofy characters, outrageous situations and the inevitable musical performance on an obscure instrument.
Read review14 Jun 2012
Mark Reviews Movies
Perhaps it's a deeply rooted sense of optimism or naïveté, but when Safety Not Guaranteed introduces its inciting incident, a want ad from a man seeking a partner with whom to go back in time, I do not instantly wonder if the man who placed said ad is...
Read review14 Jun 2012
Big Picture Big Sound
"Safety Not Guaranteed" is a funny little movie. It's not really a comedy, though there are certainly some laughs to be had; it would be tough not to find humor in a story about a guy who takes out an ad seeking a partner for time travel...
Read review18 Jun 2012
New York Post
Initially a film about an incurably bored hipster named Darius (Aubrey Plaza), “Safety Not Guaranteed” segues into something much more refined and thoughtful. Like another indie about an irrepressible and probably deranged schemer, “Bottle Rocket,” it...
Read review7 Jun 2012
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED is yet another Sundance crowd-pleaser, and as such, recently got picked up by Film District for a theatrical release. Hopefully, a full-blown theatrical release does, in fact happen, as SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED really does feel like...
SFX
A classified is placed in a newspaper which reads: “WANTED: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED.”
Read review21 Dec 2012
Movie Web
The safety may not be guaranteed, but I think you're guaranteed to enjoy the movie. It's fun and exciting as much as it is fresh and unpredictable. It's a film that involves time travel without the confusion that comes with it.
Read review4 Jan 2013
madison.com
Hey, here's a potential new revenue stream for struggling newspapers. We can sell the movie rights to our old want ads.
Read review30 Jul 2012
Entertainment Weekly
From Lars and the Real Girl to Harvey, there's a noble tradition in movies of folks who are gently off their rockers — characters who invite the audience to fall in love with their cuddly-cracked ''innocence.'' So it is with Kenneth (Mark Duplass)...
Read review6 Jun 2012
Sacramento News & Review
A Seattle magazine writer (Jake M. Johnson) and his two interns (Aubrey Plaza, Karan Soni) investigate a mysterious loner (Mark Duplass) who has placed a want ad seeking a partner in a time-travel experiment...
Read review28 Jun 2012
Digital Spy
A low-concept film about time travel mightn't sound like much of a trip, but first-time director Colin Trevorrow offers good-natured fun and real substance in place of shiny surfaces and whizz-bang effects.
Read review24 Dec 2012
Flicks.co.nz
Safety IS somewhat guaranteed in Colin Trevorrow’s modestly enjoyable indie, which takes its plot from a real-life magazine ad that became an internet meme in the mid-2000s. The idea of someone looking for a partner to join them on a time travelling...
Express.co.uk
A quirky magazine intern, Darius (Aubrey Plaza), investigates a personal ad seeking a companion “to go back in time” and bonds with the oddball in question, grocery store employee Kenneth (Mark Duplass) after going “undercover” with two colleagues.
Read review28 Dec 2012
The Guardian UK
Eight years ago, Sundance premiered Shane Carruth's coolly conceptual time-travel drama Primer; here's the kooky romcom derivative, dotted with Star Wars nods and "wacky" training montages. Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza plays a Seattle magazine...
Read review27 Dec 2012
TotalFilm.com
The past has never seemed so inviting as it does in Colin Trevorrow’s DIY time-travel romance.
Read review6 Dec 2012
Empire
An endearingly oddball indie sci-fi.
National Post
Finding a grain of original thought isn’t easy in the crush of summer blockbusters, especially if you’re determined to hang your whole plot on the well-worn hook of time-travel. The idea has been spinning around the clock for centuries, and it doesn’t...
Read review14 Jun 2012
The Sydney Morning Herald
COLIN Trevorrow's ingenious tale of a search for lost time, written by Derek Connolly, is a pleasing hybrid - it's a science-fiction relationship movie. Aubrey Plaza plays Darius, a gloomy magazine intern who is given the task of researching a story...
Read review18 Oct 2012
Shadows on the Wall
The script for this inventive and deceptively simple comedy is so beautifully balanced that it's difficult not to fall in love with the characters. It also helps that the cast members deliver note-perfect performances.
Read review28 Apr 2012
Cast
Aubrey Plaza...Darius
Jake Johnson...Jeff
Mark Duplass...Kenneth
Lauren Carlos...Young Darius
Basil Harris...Restaurant Manager
Mary Lynn Rajskub...Bridget
Karan Soni...Arnau
David Schultz...Coworker (as David Leo Schultz)
Jeff Garlin...Mr. Britt
William Hall Jr....Shannon
Alice Hung...Shift Manager
Hassan Cristos Messiah...Boyfriend in Car (as Hassan 'Cristos' Messiah)
Keli Schurman-Darby...Girlfriend in Car
Jenica Bergere...Liz
Lynn Shelton...Uptight Mom
Kristen Bell...Belinda
Tony Doupe...Smith
Xola Malik...Jones
Tom Ricciardelli...Security Guard
Grace Arends...Darcy
Eli Borozan...Kid in Diner
Kimberly Durham...Linsey
Peter Anthony Jacobs...Deputy Sheriff
Brandon Murray...Yard Worker (uncredited)
Brandon Landers...John (uncredited)
Scott C. Brown...Man in Flannel (uncredited)
Madeline Elizabeth...Baby Faced Girlfriend (uncredited)
Jason Aumann...Big Cat (uncredited)
Mark Martin...Shirtless Guy (uncredited)
Laurel Paxton...Extra (uncredited)
Production
Director:Colin Trevorrow
Producer:Michael B. Clark (executive producer)
Derek Connolly (producer)
Jay Duplass (executive producer)
Mark Duplass (executive producer)
John Hodges (executive producer)
Stephanie Langhoff (producer)
Lacey Leavitt (co-producer)
Peter Saraf (producer)
Colin Trevorrow (producer)
Marc Turtletaub (producer)
Writer:Derek Connolly (written by)
Composer:Ryan Miller
Cinematographer:Benjamin Kasulke (director of photography)
Editing:Joe Landauer
Franklin Peterson
Casting:J.C. Cantu
Kat Ogden
Production Design:Ben Blankenship
Art Director:Lisa B. Hammond
Costume Design:Rebecca Luke
Makeup:Cara Aeschliman (wig maker (uncredited)
Jennifer Popochock (key makeup artist)
Anne Sellery (assistant makeup artist)
Shawn R. Shelton (special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Matthew W. Mungle (prosthetics)
Production Management:Dan Genetti (post-production supervisor)
Lacey Leavitt (post-production supervisor)
Mike Phillips (executive in charge of production: Big Beach)
United States23 May 2012
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United Kingdom26 Dec 2012
Russian Federation28 Feb 2013
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