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Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

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Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement 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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What would you change if you could go back? See more »

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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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18 October 2012 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

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$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$4,007,792 (USA) (12 October 2012)
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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 (1992) in the "Headlines" segment, and eventually turned into an Internet meme before being developed into a screenplay. See more »

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Jeff gives Arnau the "Are you gay?" talk. Jeff re-shapes Arnau's collar BUT between walking into the room and sitting on the bed, the shape of Arnau's collar inexplicably changes. See more »

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[first lines]
Darius: How far back do you want me to go?
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John Silveria is credited as a Time Travel Consultant See more »

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Referenced in Safety Not Guaranteed: A Movie Making Mission (2012) See more »

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Big Machine (Acoustic Version)
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Written by Ryan Miller
Performed by Mark Duplass
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The Best Film I've Seen All Year
13 June 2012 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

With a budget of perhaps 10 box tops from some Cocoa Puffs, this film managed to be the most entertaining thing I've seen all year. The entire cast fits together and play off each other in a delightful way and the ending is great without being sappy sweet or maudlin.

I don't want to get into the plot, but Aubrey Plaza's debut as a lead actress is right on target and I see much success for her in the future in a lot more movies. Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson are excellent, and that new kid Karan Soni...well, you'll be seeing more of him in the future is my guess.

This is a film I would see again and again, each time it appears in the future. I would take a date to it, I would take kids to it, I would go by myself.

I would see it in a box, I would see it with a fox, I would see it at your house, I would see it with a mouse, I would see it here or there, I would see it anywhere! You'll like Safety Not Guaranteed, go see it now, be safe, Godspeed!


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