Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor
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The comic genius of silent star Harold Lloyd is eternal. Chaplin was the sweet innocent, Keaton the stoic outsider, but Lloyd—the modern guy striving for success—is us. And with its torrent of perfectly executed gags and astonishing stunts, Safety Last! is the perfect introduction to him. Lloyd plays a small-town bumpkin trying to make it in the big city, who finds employment as a lowly department-store clerk. He comes up with a wild publicity stunt to draw attention to the store, resulting in an incredible feat of derring-do on his part that gets him started on the climb to success. Laugh-out-loud funny and jaw-dropping in equal measure, Safety Last! is a movie experience par excellence, anchored by a genuine legend.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 25
- Fresh: 24
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 8.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: This Harold Lloyd high-class low comedy has thrills as well as guffaws.
Fresh: The Glasses character in Safety Last would have blended with the background of the department store where he worked if it had not been for action imposed upon him. But what action!
Fresh: The other great silent comics defined their own worlds; Lloyd lives dangerously in ours.
Fresh: The clock-hanging climax that caps this generally charming tale of a country boy out to make his fortune in the big city is a superb example of his ability to mix suspense and slapstick.
Edge of your seat.