Parents' Guide to

Safety Not Guaranteed

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

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

Movie R 2012 94 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Don't bother.

We thought the movie theme had a good premise and my husband likes sci-fi. We turned it off after 10 minutes of the movie. The dialogue was crass . We got the movie as a hand-me-down among a box of movies from a friend and we tossed it out.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 16+

Quirky, funny

This title has:

Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (10):

Writer Derek Connolly and director Colin Trevorrow make their feature debut with this genre-twisting sci-fi comedy, and we can only hope we see a lot more of them. Though Safety Not Guaranteed is comfortable and pleasing, it's also amazingly fresh, concentrating on its characters and emotions rather than on a collection of visual effects, genre staples, or gratuitous thrills. (The movie's lone car chase happens well below the speed limit.)

Die-hard sci-fi fans may be disappointed that time travel isn't really part of the main plot, but viewers should clue into the star performance by Plaza. She uses her trademark cynicism for laughs and eventually softens up in a genuine way, bringing her heart into her role. The rest of the cast, including recognizable faces in tiny roles (Kristen Bell, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jeff Garlin, etc.), brings similar zing to their characters. Safety Not Guaranteed feels for all the world like a homemade movie, finished with guts and shoestrings, with a strong dose of love.

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