Safety Not Guaranteed

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Colin Trevorrow
Production: Film District
  7 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min

How far back do you want me to go?


l was totally outgoing.

A real people person.

ln high school, l felt like that mouse

that gets dropped into the snake cage

and just kinda sits there,

frozen, trying to blend in.

l guess l remember being happy

when I was a kid.

Back when you just naturally expect

good things to happen.

Before my mom died.

Now l just expect the worst

and try not to get my hopes up.

Which is why l'm here.

Does that answer the question?

UsuaIIy peopIe just say where they're from

and where they worked before.

Great. I'm aIready overquaIified.

So, in your previous experience,

can you give me an instance

in which you went above and beyond

the caII of duty for a customer?


I get it.

You think you're too good for this.

Why are you even here?

No, I'm sorry...

I reaIIy need the money.

I Iive at home,

I work my ass off at this internship.

-I just...

-Yeah, it's not gonna work out here.

I can teII your type.

You're just not a quaIity hire.


No, I don't want the prepubescent Iook.

I want a woman.

We don't retouch at SeattIe Magazine.

We're journaIists.

No, not there. An intern.


That's what I'm saying. We respect women.

Don't put that there.

That goes in the utiIity cIoset...

-I know...

-And then refresh aII the bathrooms.

I was just giving you this change.

Yeah, this is my job now.

It's Iike speIIing things out for interns.

F*ck! Okay.

Writers, ideas.

It's idea time again. It's that time.

What have you got?

Does anybody have an idea? Or a story?

Are you guys here?

Can you hear me? Anyone?

-Top 1 0 dog parks in SeattIe.


Summer activities for winter peopIe.

Not interested. Jeff?

AII right. How about this time traveI ad?

What have you got?

Yeah, somebody e-maiIed it in

from the cIassifieds.

He's Iooking for somebody to go

back in time with him.

Do a IittIe tongue-in-cheek investigation.

Find this guy,

see if he thinks it's reaI or if it's a prank.

Not bad.

The guy says, "You'II get paid

when you get back.

"Bring your own weapons.

"Safety's not guaranteed."

And he's onIy done this once before.

See if maybe he beIieves in this stuff.

I don't know. I think it couId be funny.

You wanna do it? AII right. You got it.

Can I get a coupIe interns?

-HeIp me with the research?

-I'II do it.

-Do some heavy Iifting...

-Me, too, pIease. Me.

AII right. Give me the Iesbian and the Indian,

and I got a story.

We sent a Ietter to the address in the ad

and asked them to get back to us.

And I caIIed the IocaI paper,

but they're reaIIy uptight about giving out

information on peopIe that take out ads, so...

I fucked Bridget.

Yeah. You know, sometimes

somebody pisses you off so much

that you just wanna get in there with...

Did she Iike criticize your technique

the whoIe time?

Like boss you around? She did, right?

Maybe a IittIe.

AII right, we shouId go.

Let's go to Ocean View.

We can just find whoever put up the ad

and stake him out.

We? What do you mean "we"?

I mean we, the three of us.

Now you don't wanna go?

-That pIace sucks.

-That pIace does not suck.

I had the best summer of my Iife

in Ocean View.

I'm not going.

-Yeah, you are.


It seemed Iike I was asking,

but I'm actuaIIy teIIing as your boss.

You're coming.

Dad, I'm going out of town for a few days.

-Out out?

-No, it's just this work thing.

Yeah, I think it'd be great if you went out,

did a IittIe sociaI stuff.

Get out of your funk.

I have no funk. I'm totaIIy funkIess.

Going out and being with your friends.

I think it's a great idea.

What's wrong with me?

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Derek Connolly

Derek Connolly (born c. 1976 in Miami, Florida) is an American screenwriter and film producer, mostly known for his collaborations with director Colin Trevorrow on the films Safety Not Guaranteed and Jurassic World. Connolly was also reported to be working on a remake of the film Flight of the Navigator as well as writing an upcoming Pixar film with Teddy Newton. Connolly was listed on Variety's Ten Screenwriters to Watch in 2012. Connolly rewrote Kong: Skull Island (2017), for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Connolly has been tapped to pen the script for a Metal Gear film. Connolly and Trevorrow co-wrote the screenplay for the sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), and by February 2018, had written a story treatment for Jurassic World 3, set for release on June 11, 2021.Connolly attended Palmetto High School in Miami and NYU Film School. more…

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