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Safety Not Guaranteed

  R HD Closed Captioning

Colin Trevorrow

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Plot Summary

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 138
  • Fresh: 124
  • Rotten: 14
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Safety Not Guaranteed" is most vibrant and vital at its edges, in the way that the characters interact with each other while waiting for something to happen. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Jun 15, 2012

Fresh: 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. – Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, Jun 15, 2012

Fresh: If you like your science-fiction lo-fi, and your coming of age parables with a handy technological metaphor at their core, Colin Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed is the movie you've been waiting for. – Simon Miraudo, Quickflix, Oct 20, 2014

Fresh: Few films so gloriously live up to their potential. – Jessica Lambert, Little White Lies, Dec 26, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Light, fun, wonderful start to finish

I rarely purchase a movie, but I will purchase this one. It's not often I come out of a theatre smiling and talking about a film I just saw. Odd, beautifully acted, so much fun. Buy it, rent it, whatever you need to do just see it.

Best of 2012 thus far

I saw this film months ago and have thought about it constantly ever since. The acting is wonderful and the story is endearing. This is a MUST purchase, as you will not watch it only once. The only gripe I have with the film was that it ended, I hated to leave the characters and the world of the movie. I watched it alone in the theatre and gushed to everyone I could speak with about it. It doesn't disappoint...

Absolutely Wonderful

Sorry, Avengers, Prometheus, and the Dark Knight Rises. When it comes to filmmaking, Safety Not Guaranteed has you down for the count. This film does not count on special effects and loud explosions. It's a story about something that resonates inside all of us, and to give away what that "something" is would be a spoiler. I have to admit, at first glance, I was worried that Aubrey Plaza's character was going to be just another Ellen Page quirky character, but she wasn't. Mark Duplass was perfect in his role. I was so glad he wasn't Jason Segel (Mark should have been in Jeff, Who Lives at Home, not Jason). Mark had an earnestness about his character was downright endearing.

The subplot with Jake Johnson and Karan Soni was at times, and other times downright hysterical. Karan's facial expressions were spot on. I'd love to see him in a sequel spinoff or something. His wide eyed terror over facing the prospects of manhood were priceless. And Jenica Bergere -- Jesus, she just nailed her part. She had just a few scenes, but dang it, she was luminous and made you want to see more of her. I'd watch her over Meryl's umpteenth impersonation disguised as acting any day.

Safety Not Guaranteed is a movie you will watch from time to time at home (yes, this is a keeper), and when you do, you'll remember the first time you saw the film, and you'll feel all warm inside all over again. I hardly ever say this, but thank you to the filmmakers for making this film, and sharing your story with the world.

Safety Not Guaranteed
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2012

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