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Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  18 October 2012 (Australia)
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Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.



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Darius is a young intern at a Seattle-based magazine and jumps at the chance to investigate the author of a classified ad seeking someone to travel back in time with. Along with Jeff, the staff writer, and Arnau, a fellow intern, the three go on a road trip to a coastal town. While Jeff just wants to chase after his high school crush and Arnau wants some kind of life experience, Darius spends her time with Kenneth, a man who believes that he has built a time machine. The closer they become and the more they understand about each other, the less clear it becomes if Kenneth is just crazy or if he actually is going to successfully travel back in time. Written by napierslogs

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WANTED Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You'll get paid when we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before. See more »


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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 October 2012 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

I asfaleia sas den einai eggyimeni  »

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$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$97,762 (USA) (8 June 2012)


$4,007,792 (USA) (12 October 2012)

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When Jeff (Jake Johnson) approaches Kenneth (Mark Duplass) about the time-travel ad, he mentions that he would like to go back in time to see living dinosaurs. Kenneth later mentions being a fan of Star Wars to Darius (Aubrey Plaza). Director Colin Trevorrow's next movie would be Jurassic World (2015), which deals with an amusement park that features living dinosaurs and starred Johnson, and he has been announced as director of Star Wars: Episode IX (2019). See more »


When Darius is backing up the van to pick up Kenneth during the laser robbery, it is obviously a shot of the van driving forward (used a few shots later), but run backwards - exhaust goes into the tailpipe. See more »


[first lines]
Darius: How far back do you want me to go?
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Crazy Credits

John Silveria is credited as a Time Travel Consultant See more »


Referenced in Safety Not Guaranteed: The Ad Behind the Movie (2012) See more »


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8 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A wonderful film. The story is science fiction, fantasy and real-life relationships. The plot is unique (I know some reviewers have likened it to the back to the future series which was for fun and was fun). It is not only funny, (laugh out loud funny) but mysterious as to what is really going on and stir in some fantasy and science fiction-- but underneath is the inspection of all human beings and their lives and relationships. The casting was superb and the scenic northwest photography was great, I didn't know any of the actors but suffice to say they were chosen by a director of amazing talent. His idea his plot and his script were really really fine. I saw it in LA in Burbank and the audience was mostly the internet set and they loved it. All of their generations electronic things were a big part of the film, but this masterful director reached me, a senior--explaining the kids and yet reaching me with the love stories and those of friendship. Thus the director brought the old universal story of love among all of us. I can only say he is in for a tough career because with this film he has set the bar for himself and his crew very very high. Based on this work he will be great!!

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