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Safety Not Guaranteed

Drama . Science Fiction . Romance . Comedy

Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.

Actors: Basil Harris , Lauren Carlos , Tony Doupe , William Hall Jr. , Mary Lynn Rajskub , Jeff Garlin , Kristen Bell , Jenica Bergere , Karan Soni , Jake Johnson , Mark Duplass , Aubrey Plaza
Directors: Colin Trevorrow
Country: USA
Release: 2012-10-18
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  • Claudia Puig

    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.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

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

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Even if something feels crazy -- whether it's falling in with a self-taught time-traveler, or buying into a charming but faintly flawed movie premise -- if you listen to your gut, wonderful things can happen.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    This is the rare movie with no one to root against, a film filled with good guys and weird guys (and gals), all of whom you hope find what they're looking for, even if you know that's not possible.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    The real revelation here is Plaza, whose shtick - the willowy cutie deadpanning about how lousy her life is - should be grating and tired, but it works remarkably well for some reason.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Delightful proof that money and fame have nothing on ingenuity and wit, Safety Not Guaranteed is worth a million meaningless blockbusters.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • John DeFore

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

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

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

    Variety Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Call me biased, but I'm quick to put out the welcome mat for any movie – good, bad or indifferent – that resists easy categorizing. That's certainly the charm of Safety NotGuaranteed, which flirts with two very different genres yet never goes steady with either.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It's brisk and assured and never begs the audience's indulgence. No time is wasted. The movie is, at every moment, either funny or pushing the story forward, or both.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    It's about time: Aubrey Plaza gets her own movie!

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    As happens with many time-travel films, this one ultimately paints itself into a bit of a narrative corner.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The final scenes deliver a payoff worthy of the film's scrappy optimism, but that may not be the reason you walk out of the theater on a cloud. It's the sight of a character coming rapturously into her own at the same time as the actress playing her.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    You may buy the ending or not. The filmmakers certainly do, which helps. And the film is modest but skillful and heartfelt, spiced just so by Plaza and company.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    For the most part, Safety Not Guaranteed is a pleasant viewing experience, but there is a flaw. While Darius is bonding with Kenneth, Jeff is reconnecting with his past. This subplot goes nowhere.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    The main flaw is that, as an actor, Duplass isn't able to make the audience love him. Picture "Bottle Rocket"-era Owen Wilson in the role, and you've got something special.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

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

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Sam Adams

    It's a tribute to Plaza and Duplass that they're able to make such slight material resonate at all, let alone with the poignancy they occasionally find.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Safety Not Guaranteed is a fable of ''redemption,'' and it's too tidy by half, but it is also very sweetly told.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jesse Cataldo

    More focused on emotion than adventure, it teases out the possibilities and perils of time travel without embroiling itself in the confusion inherent to the subject.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Alison Willmore

    Safety Not Guaranteed is permeated with that aura of unfocused melancholy common to so many indies these days -- what are we all so damn sad about? -- but by tying it back to characters that don't seem popped from any too-familiar mold, the film allows its sense of regret, its alarm at time passing, to feel earned.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    That time machine - a wonderful-looking gizmo with some lasers stolen from a medical laboratory - really exists. Whether it works or not, you'll have to see for yourself. It's worth the wait.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    Touching, generous, sweet, this little slip of a movie puts you under some kind of spell.

    Time Full Review
  • Karina Longworth

    A viewer's patience with some of Safety's more rote stretches is rewarded in the film's final 15 minutes, when the plot takes a truly unexpected turn. As a DIY answer to the Spielberg generation's nostalgia for movie magic, the film's fully earnest, fantastic climax beats something like "Super 8" at its own game for a fraction of the cost.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    I found myself falling for it, hard. It's Trevorrow's feature debut and we'd like to see more, please.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The movie shifts awkwardly from slapstick firearms training sessions to tender campfire kisses to straightforward suspense (who are those mysterious trench-coated figures?). Combined with unconvincing behavior from all of its characters, that's enough to leave this a disappointing realization of a potentially fascinating idea.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Eccentric enough to get mistaken for an uplifting fantasy, but it's Plaza who belongs in the penthouse.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Drew Hunt

    Where the narrative and characterization work, the visuals are lacking. Director Colin Trevorrow's digital cinematography occasionally resembles a YouTube video in mid-buffer, making the gorgeous and picturesque setting of the Pacific Northwest coastline appear bland and texture-less.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    I was onboard with the gentle charm of Safety Not Guaranteed until these last few scenes, when the genuine trauma suffered by these characters - especially Kenneth, whose paranoia and isolationism seem like symptoms of real mental illness - gets glossed over in an unconvincingly Spielbergian happy ending.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    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.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Vadim Rizov

    Not sure if you'll enjoy Safety Not Guaranteed? Here's a quick litmus test: how do you feel about watching Mark Duplass, accompanying himself on zither (!), singing a heartfelt song about how "everyone in the big machine tries to break your heart?"

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
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