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Safety Not Guaranteed -- 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 belie...
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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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Directed by
Colin Trevorrow 
Writing credits
Derek Connolly (written by)

Produced by
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
Original Music by
Ryan Miller 
Cinematography by
Benjamin Kasulke (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joe Landauer 
Franklin Peterson 
Casting by
J.C. Cantu 
Kat Ogden 
Production Design by
Ben Blankenship 
Art Direction by
Lisa B. Hammond 
Costume Design by
Rebecca Luke 
Makeup Department
Matthew W. Mungle .... prosthetics
Jennifer Popochock .... department head hair
Jennifer Popochock .... department head makeup
Anne Sellery .... assistant makeup artist
Cara Aeschliman .... wig maker (uncredited)
Shawn R. Shelton .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dan Genetti .... post-production supervisor
Lacey Leavitt .... post-production supervisor
Mike Phillips .... executive in charge of production: Big Beach
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Eslyn .... first assistant director
Lacee Kloze .... additional second second assistant director
Kat Ogden .... second assistant director
Gretchen Oyster .... additional second assistant director
Kristjan Palsson .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Indus Alelia .... props production assistant
Miguel Edwards .... art director: time machine
Kjell Hansen .... art department production assistant
Tania Kupczak .... art department production assistant
Ashley O'Neil .... lead graphic artist
Paul Thibault .... art department production assistant
Brett Thomson .... property master
Justin Louie .... props (uncredited)
Benjamin Marx .... art department intern (uncredited)
Tyson Prince .... art department intern (uncredited)
Audrey Wimberly .... art department intern (uncredited)
Sound Department
Peter Barnes .... post-production sound supervisor
John Buroker .... sound designer
Steve Ditto .... foley artist
Rob Embrey .... adr facility supervisor
Brendan J. Hogan .... adr editor (as Brendan Hogan)
Brendan J. Hogan .... foley artist (as Brendan Hogan)
Brendan J. Hogan .... sound designer
Pete Horner .... additional sound re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound
Eric Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Johnson .... sound supervisor
Carly Kienow .... logistis producer
Al Nelson .... sound designer: Skywalker Sound
Jared Slomoff .... score mixer
Vinny Smith .... sound mixer
Daniel Sperry .... dolby sound consultant (as Dan Sperry)
Joshua J. Svare .... dialogue editor (as Josh Svare)
Joshua J. Svare .... foley artist (as Josh Svare)
Vince Werner .... sound designer
Zach Martin .... assistant sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Ben Whitver .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Blackford .... fabricator: time machine
William Boggs .... special effects technician (as Bill Boggs)
Sherril Johnson .... special effects coordinator
David 'Dumy' Kits .... machinist: time machine
Compass Noce .... fabricator: time machine
Paul Thibault .... engine fabricator: time machine
Johnny Wooten .... lead fabricator: time machine
Visual Effects by
Shannan Burkley .... matte painter: DIVE
Matthew Burres .... digital artist: DIVE
Kevin Fanning .... digital artist: DIVE
Jeremy Fernsler .... 3d supervisor: DIVE
Mark O. Forker .... visual effects consultant: DIVE
Mark Longchamps .... digital artist: DIVE
Bob Lowery .... visual effects executive producer: DIVE
Ed Mendez .... visual effects supervisor: DIVE (as Edwardo Mendez)
Colton Miller .... digital artist: DIVE
Tom Quinn .... visual effects producer: DIVE
Ben Updegrove .... visual effects editorial assistant: DIVE
Andy Williams .... visual effects production supervisor: DIVE
Felicia Faden .... matte painter (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ryan Adams .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Shaun Bowlby .... best boy grip
Mark Bueing .... best boy electric
Garrett Cantrell .... key grip
Kevin Cook .... electrician
Alex Daboub .... second unit director of photography
Kyle Daley .... grip
Marc Dewey .... grip
Coty James .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Niall James .... electrician
Benjamin Kasulke .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jason Knoll .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jeremy Mackie .... gaffer
Ryan Middleton .... additional gaffer
Arthur Reynolds .... electrician (as Art Reynolds)
Jacob Rosen .... additional first assistant camera: pick-ups
Marcus Simpson .... electrician
Norman Tumolva .... grip (as Norm Tumolva)
Alisa Tyrrill .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Niall James .... best boy electric: alternate (uncredited)
Niall James .... best boy grip: alternate (uncredited)
Niall James .... grip (uncredited)
Regan MacStravic .... still photographer (uncredited)
Marco Scaringi .... grip and electric swing: intern (uncredited)
Casting Department
Denise Gibbs .... background casting
Kat Ogden .... casting
Brandon Hemmerling .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sica Schmitz .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Marc Brown .... colorist
Alex Daboub .... assistant editor
Jannat Gargi .... digital imaging producer
Gordon Holmes .... assistant editor
Nacime Khemis .... assistant editor
Kristen Molina .... digital imaging producer
Bill Scott .... color timer
Lance Spindler .... color timer
Alex Turtletaub .... assistant editor
Music Department
Patrick Brice .... assistant to music supervisor (as Patrick Kack-Brice)
Marguerite Phillips .... music supervisor
Kit Singleton .... music consultant
Jared Slomoff .... score mixer
Ilyse Wolfe Tretter .... music licensing consultant
Other crew
Jason Aumann .... set production assistant
Molly Breeskin .... assistant: Big Beach
Matt Bunker .... office production assistant
Jimmy Canavan .... location assistant
Justin Cantrell .... set production assistant
Cheryl Cowan .... script supervisor
Sarah Crowe .... set production assistant
Dave Drummond .... location manager
Allison Eckert .... office production assistant
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... legal services: Sloss Eckhouse LawCo
Amanda England .... office production assistant
Kathy England .... insurance: Taylor & Taylor
Bethany Haynes .... legal services: Sloss Eckhouse LawCo
Elizabeth Heile .... production accountant
Alison Kelly .... craft service
Christopher Key .... on behalf of Vertigo Films
Lee Luna .... location production assistant
Daniele Tate Melia .... production executive: Big Beach
David Morgan .... production coordinator
Greg Ryan .... key set production assistant
John Silveira .... time travel consultant
William Trowbridge .... assistant: Mr. Trevorrow
Jeff Vigil .... office production assistant
Sean Walsh .... set production assistant
Angela H. Young .... office production assistant (as Angela Young)
David Falcon Ayala .... production assistant (uncredited)
Beth Dewey .... main title producer (uncredited)
Sebastian Falkowski .... production assistant (uncredited)
Gleb Kaminer .... dubbing voice (uncredited)
Ashley Neuhof .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rik DeLisle .... special thanks
Suzanne Freider .... special thanks
Jaaron Miller .... special thanks
Walter F. Parkes .... special thanks (as Walter Parkes)
Marco Scaringi .... special thanks
Lynn Shelton .... special thanks
Lanie Siegel .... special thanks

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • DIVE (visual effects) (as Dive Visual)
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Rated R for language including some sexual references
USA:86 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Cameo: [John Silveira]The writer of the original classified ad plays the first man to walk into the post office when Darius and Arnau are spying on the PO boxes.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Kenneth and Darius are at the camp and Darius asks what kind of musical instrument Kenneth has, he responds that the instrument is a zither. The instrument they are using is a mountain, or Appalachian, dulcimer. Mountain dulcimers do fall into the general zither category, but typically when people refer to zithers they mean instruments that have shorter scale lengths and many more strings, or courses, than mountain dulcimers. Calling a dulcimer a zither is like calling a viola or cello a violin simply because they fall into the general "violin family" category.See more »
[first lines]
Darius:How far back do you want me to go?
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Movie Connections:
References Star Wars (1977)See more »
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What is the first song as she gets out of the elevator?
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72 out of 89 people found the following review useful.
Safety Not Guaranteed...3 out of 4 Skittles, 6 September 2012
Author: FilmStallion from United States

LOGLINE: Mark Duplass (Puffy Chair & Humpday) plays Kenneth, the local small town weirdo who bags groceries and places a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel. Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation & Funny People) plays Darius, an intern sent in on assignment with her co-workers (Jake M. Johnson & Karan Soni) to secretly pose as potential time travel candidates and get the scoop for the entertainment magazine.

Obviously the guy is an insane wack-job…or is he? As Darius gets in closer with Kenneth and slowly finds out more and more about him, she isn't so sure anymore. Can this guy actually do what he claims, or is he so far off his rocker that he has lost all sight of reality? Writer Derek Connolly weaves in and out the possibilities of what is true and keeps the audience guessing until the film's final second payoff.

Actors Duplass and Plaza are so great radiating weirdness off of each other. The two form an unusual friendship that rings true in every detail. Jake M. Johnson (New Girl) and Karan Soni add several laughs to the bizarre…yet hilarious story. The film had many chances to lose sight of believability, but finds a way to stay on course.

The film's ending left me torn. No matter if you are the kind of person rooting for Kenneth to be vindicated, or believe he is crazy all along…the story keeps you hooked until the credits roll. Safety Not Guaranteed was a breakout hit from the Sundance Film Festival, and contains the spirit of what independent films strive to be. It's authentic, creative, unusual, and a breath of fresh air. It's fun to see what independent filmmakers come up with when they aren't restrained by the annoyance of making every viewer happy. If you are up for something different…do yourself a favor and see this one.

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