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Safety Not Guaranteed Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's equally endearing as a sweetly funny romance between two likable oddballs and as a low-tech time-travel thriller, and has something profound to say about making the most of the present.

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  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Safety Not Guaranteed is a fable of ''redemption,'' and it's too tidy by half, but it is also very sweetly told.

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  • 80

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    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Aubrey Plaza proves she can carry a film with this multiplex-friendly comedy about time travel.

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  • 88

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Safety Not Guaranteed not only has dialogue that's about something, but characters who have some depth and dimension.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Fresh sci-fi comedy has strong language, a little raciness.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Safety Not Guaranteed is a genre-crossing indie movie with elements of science fiction, comedy, romance, and drama. It has been a word-of-mouth success at film festivals and has the potential to become a long-running sleeper hit with high teen interest. Language is probably the biggest issue, with many (though not constant) uses of "f--k" and "s--t." Characters have sex and talk about sex, but nothing more than a kiss is actually shown. Characters also shoot guns at targets, but actual violence rarely gets worse than insults and arguing. One character seems to drink regularly, but his behavior is played for laughs. Two characters share a night of hard partying (one cigarette is shown) and wake up hung over.

  • Families can talk about how sex is portrayed in Safety Not Guaranteed. What role does it play in the story and the characters' lives?
  • If you could travel back in time, where would you go, and what would you do? Would you change a major historical event or do something more personal?
  • Do you know anyone like Kenneth, whom everyone thinks is "weird" but could actually be a nice person? How are people like that typically treated?
  • Why do you think Jeff drinks so much (and smokes) after getting rejected? What message does that send?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Safety Not Guaranteed rewards empathy and tolerance. It also raises the question of how we could possibly help others if we had the ability to travel back in time and right wrongs (i.e. regret).

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Darius is a positive female role model in many ways. She stands up for herself, shows bravery, and isn't easily perturbed. Best of all, she shows empathy and love for a societal misfit, someone who others consider a "weirdo." She stands up for him, even when most others don't.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Some sports clashes during a few shots of a football game. Characters also argue and insult one another, and in one or two scenes they grow angry. Two main characters practice shooting guns at targets but never at people. (There's no blood.)

  • sex false3

    Sex: Two of the main male characters have sex with women off screen. The main female character shares a passionate kiss with a man. Frequent sexual banter and innuendo.

  • language false4

    Language: Language includes many uses of words like "f--k," "s--t," "vagina," "retards," "laid," "a--holes," "jerk," and "freakin'."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Cans of Campbell's soup are shown at length during a key scene.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One of the major characters (a man around 40) is seen drinking in several scenes. He's thrown out of a high school football game for drinking beer. He also drinks heavily (and smokes a cigarette) during a "party" sequence, mainly to kill the pain of a broken heart. Two characters wake up to hangovers.