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


Colin Trevorrow


Derek Connolly
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aubrey Plaza ... Darius
Lauren Carlos Lauren Carlos ... Young Darius
Basil Harris Basil Harris ... Restaurant Manager
Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Bridget
Jake Johnson ... Jeff
Karan Soni ... Arnau
David Leo Schultz ... Coworker
Jeff Garlin ... Mr. Britt
Mark Duplass ... Kenneth
William Hall Jr. William Hall Jr. ... Shannon
Alice Hung Alice Hung ... Shift Manager
Hassan Cristos Messiah Hassan Cristos Messiah ... Boyfriend in Car (as Hassan 'Cristos' Messiah)
Keli Schurman-Darby Keli Schurman-Darby ... Girlfriend in Car
Jenica Bergere ... Liz
Lynn Shelton ... Uptight Mom


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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Did You Know?


Wesley Schultz: lead singer of The Lumineers (Grammy Nominated band) is in the elevator at the beginning of the film, when Darius is on her way to work. See more »


Darius goes back to 2001 to prevent her mother from dying. With no way back to her present time of existence, she will cause a time loop. if she prevents an event required for her to travel back in time for to begin with, she will just cause the time-line to continually keep defaulting back on itself. See more »


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

John Silveira is credited as a Time Travel Consultant. See more »


Referenced in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (2014) See more »


Brick by Brick
Written by Matt Helders (as Matthew Helders) and Alex Turner (as Alexander Turner)
Performed by Arctic Monkeys (as The Arctic Monkeys)
Courtesy of Domino Records Company
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One of those rare movies that fascinated me so much that I kept watching the end credits till the very end, filled with a joyous feeling of delight and surprise.
27 February 2019 | by imseegSee all my reviews

What a wonderfully, joyous, uplifting, quirky story about a man who puts an ad in a newspaper, in which he is searching for fellow humans who want to TIME TRAVEL. Safety NOT guaranteed. A newspaper magazine thinks this might be an interesting news article and sends 3 young reporters to check out this mysterious guy who placed the ad for the time travel. During researching this time travel guy, things quickly get out of control in a very amusing and quirky way.

The subject of time traveling does sound silly, but surprisingly enough this movie is really grounded and down to earth and although the mystery plot seems to be truly about some sort of time travel, the true heart of this movie is to be found in longing and reliving memories of love, that once were. Still sounding too vague to get an idea what this movie is about? Well then, just imagine a quirky love story mixed in with a mystery plot, that about covers this movie in a nutshell.

Very sweet and lovely and quirky and original. Great acting performances by Aubrey Plaza (those eyes!) and Mark Duplass. Terrific music score as well. Just one of those movies that really put a lovely, joyous uplifting, surprised feeling in my head that stayed there well beyond the end credits... For all ages to be enjoyed...

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Release Date:

15 June 2012 (Canada) See more »

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Safety Not Guaranteed See more »

Filming Locations:

Ocean Shores, Washington, USA See more »


Box Office


$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$97,762, 10 June 2012

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2.35 : 1
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