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Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 24,548 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 18 October 2012 (Australia)
  • Runtime: USA:86 min
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Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

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  • IMDb page: Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 24,548 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 18 October 2012 (Australia)
  • Runtime: USA:86 min
  • Filming Location: Ocean Shores, Washington, USA
  • Budget: $750,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $4,007,792(USA)(14 October 2012)
  • Director: Colin Trevorrow
  • Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Ryan Miller   
  • Soundtrack: Architects and Engineers
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Datasat
  • Plot Keyword: Magazine | Time Travel | Interview | Writer | Reference To Star Wars

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Derek Connolly  written by

Known Trivia

  • The original classified ad upon which the film is based first appeared in Backwoods Home Magazine in 1997. It was written as last-minute filler by John Silveira, an employee of the magazine, who is credited in the film as “Time Travel Consultant” and also has a cameo. The ad was later featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in the “Headlines” segment, and eventually turned into an Internet meme before being developed into a screenplay.
  • Cameo: When Darius and Arnau are spying on the PO boxes, the first man that walks into the post office is the writer of the original classified ad that the movie is based on.
  • The part of Darius was written for Aubrey Plaza, because writer Derek Connolly wanted to work with her. Jake Johnson was likewise director Colin Trevorrow first choice for the part of Jeff.
  • Darius was given a black man’s name as part of background story about her family that didn’t make the final cut. During the dinner scene with her dad, there was a third actor, a young black man, that had to be digitally removed at post-production since without the background story, his presence there made no sense.
  • Some scenes were improvised, for example, when Jeff advises Arnau to raise his collar and wear sunglasses since they make him look like “a pilot that drives jets”.

Goofs: 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.

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

Story: 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  


Synopsis: Darius Britt (Aubrey Plaza) is a disillusioned college graduate who lives at home with her widower father (Jeff Garlin) and interns at a Seattle magazine. One of the magazine’s writers, Jeff Schwensen (Jake M. Johnson), proposes to investigate a newspaper classified ad that reads:"Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. Safety not guaranteed."

Jeff’s story idea is approved by his boss, Bridget (Mary Lynn Rajskub). Jeff selects Darius and Arnau (Karan Soni), a studious Biology major interning at the magazine to diversify his resume, to assist him. They travel to the seaside community of Ocean View, Washington, to find and profile the person behind the ad. Jeff later reveals an ulterior motive for this assignmentto track down a long-lost love interest who lives in the beach community.Darius discovers that the person behind the ad is Kenneth Calloway (Mark Duplass) who works as a stock clerk at a local grocery store. Jeff’s attempt to contact Kenneth alienates him, so he orders Darius to make contact.

Darius’ disaffected attitude serves her well, and she quickly endears herself to Kenneth as she poses as a candidate to accompany him on his mission. While Kenneth is paranoid and believes that "secret agents" are tracking his every move, Darius gains his trust as she participates in a series of training exercises in the woods around his house, and begins to develop feelings for him. She tells Kenneth about the death of her mother when she was young, and that her mission is to prevent it. Kenneth says his mission is to go back to 2001 and prevent the death of his old girlfriend Belinda who was killed when someone drove a car into her house.

Meanwhile, Jeff tracks down Liz (Jenica Bergere), his fling from his teenage years, and though she does not embody his fond youthful memories, they reconnect. He asks her to move to Seattle, but she believes that this is just another fling for Jeff, so she refuses. Upset by her rejection, Jeff takes Arnau out on the town and they pick up some comely young women. Jeff tells Arnau to not waste his youth and convinces him to spend the night with one of the young women.

The next morning, Jeff learns from Bridget, who has been following the notes on the story, that Belinda (Kristen Bell) is still alive. Darius goes to interview her. Belinda says that she was only friends with Kenneth, and that Kenneth had driven into her then-boyfriend’s house but no one was injured. After the interview, Darius is questioned by two government agents who have been following Kenneth and believe that he may be a spy because of his communications with government scientists.

Darius returns to Kenneth’s house to confront him about Belinda. Kenneth claims that if Belinda is alive then his time traveling worked. Jeff then comes in to warn that the government agents are also on the property. Kenneth panics and runs into the woods. Darius follows him, and finds Kenneth on a boat with his time machine. Darius apologizes for lying to Kenneth and tells him everything else they shared was real. Darius joins him on the boat. Kenneth tells Darius that the mission has changed, saying that he now wants to go back for her. As Jeff, Arnau, and the two government agents watch, Kenneth activates his time machine and the boat disappears.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Michael B. Clark known as executive producer
  • Derek Connolly known as producer
  • Jay Duplass known as executive producer
  • Mark Duplass known as executive producer
  • John Hodges known as executive producer
  • Stephanie Langhoff known as producer
  • Lacey Leavitt known as co-producer
  • Peter Saraf known as producer
  • Colin Trevorrow known as producer
  • Marc Turtletaub known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Aubrey Plaza known as Darius
  • Lauren Carlos known as Young Darius
  • Basil Harris known as Restaurant Manager
  • Mary Lynn Rajskub known as Bridget
  • Jake Johnson known as Jeff
  • Karan Soni known as Arnau
  • David Schultz known as Coworker (as David Leo Schultz)
  • Jeff Garlin known as Mr. Britt
  • Mark Duplass known as Kenneth
  • William Hall Jr. known as Shannon
  • Alice Hung known as Shift Manager
  • Hassan Cristos Messiah known as Boyfriend in car (as Hassan 'Cristos' Massiah)
  • Keli Schurman-Darby known as Girlfriend in car
  • Jenica Bergere known as Liz
  • Lynn Shelton known as Uptight Mom
  • Peter Anthony Jacobs known as Deputy Sheriff (as Peter Jacobs)
  • Eli Borozan known as Kid in Diner
  • Tom Ricciardelli known as Security Guard
  • Tony Doupe known as Smith (as Tony Doupé)
  • Xola Malik known as Jones
  • Grace Arends known as Darcy
  • Kimberly Durham known as Linsey
  • Scott Swan known as Halloween
  • Kristen Bell known as Belinda
  • Jason Aumann known as Big Cat (uncredited)
  • Scott C. Brown known as Man in Flannel (uncredited)
  • Madeline Elizabeth known as Baby Faced Girlfriend (uncredited)
  • Brandon Landers known as John (uncredited)
  • Mark Martin known as Shirtless Guy (uncredited)
  • Brandon Murray known as Yard Worker (uncredited)
  • Laurel Paxton known as Extra (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Matthew W. Mungle known as prosthetics
  • Jennifer Popochock known as key hair stylist
  • Jennifer Popochock known as key makeup artist
  • Anne Sellery known as assistant makeup artist
  • Cara Aeschliman known as wig maker (uncredited)
  • Shawn R. Shelton known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Indus Alelia known as props production assistant
  • Miguel Edwards known as art director: time machine
  • Kjell Hansen known as art department production assistant
  • Tania Kupczak known as art department production assistant
  • Ashley O'Neil known as lead graphic artist
  • Paul Thibault known as art department production assistant
  • Brett Thomson known as property master
  • Justin Louie known as props (uncredited)
  • Benjamin Marx known as art department intern (uncredited)
  • Audrey Wimberly known as art department intern (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Big Beach Films
  • Duplass Brothers Productions

Other Companies:

  • ABKCO Music and Records  soundtrack
  • CAP  screening facility


  • Alliance Films (2012) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • FilmDistrict (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Rialto Distribution (2012) (Australia) (all media)
  • Rialto Distribution (2012) (New Zealand) (all media)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2012) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2012) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • DIVE (visual effects company)

Visual Effects by:

  • Shannan Burkley known as matte painter: DIVE
  • Matthew Burres known as digital artist: DIVE
  • Kevin Fanning known as digital artist: DIVE
  • Jeremy Fernsler known as 3d supervisor: DIVE
  • Mark O. Forker known as visual effects consultant: DIVE
  • Mark Longchamps known as digital artist: DIVE
  • Bob Lowery known as visual effects executive producer: DIVE
  • Ed Mendez known as vi supervisor: DIVE
  • Colton Miller known as digital artist: DIVE
  • Tom Quinn known as visual effects producer: DIVE
  • Ben Updegrove known as visual effects editorial assistant: DIVE
  • Andy Williams known as visual effects production supervisor: DIVE
  • Felicia Faden known as matte painter (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 22 January 2012 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • USA 10 March 2012 (South by Southwest Film Festival)
  • USA 23 May 2012 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • USA 8 June 2012 (limited)
  • Germany 30 June 2012 (Munich Film Festival)
  • Hungary 19 September 2012 (Jameson Cinefest International Film Festival)
  • France 20 September 2012 (Festival Européen du Film Fantastique de Strasbourg)
  • Greece 20 September 2012 (Athens Film Festival)
  • Australia 18 October 2012
  • New Zealand 18 October 2012
  • Taiwan 19 October 2012 (Kaohsiung Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 26 October 2012 (Leiden International Film Festival)
  • Sweden 10 November 2012 (Stockholm International Film Festival)
  • Poland 13 November 2012 (Wroclaw American Film Festival)
  • Iceland 23 November 2012
  • UK 26 December 2012
  • Russia 28 February 2013

MPAA: Rated R for language including some sexual references



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