By far one of my favourite films of the year, and quite possibly one of my favourite films of all time, Safety Not Guaranteed debuted to fantastic reviews at Sundance this January, and followed it up by jetting across the Atlantic for the first ever Sundance London, where I saw and instantly fell in love with the film – you can read our five-star review here.

After opening strong in the US this summer, turning its $750,000 budget into just shy of $4m., it’s been looking more and more likely that we wouldn’t be getting a theatrical release in the UK, but no more!

The film is officially set to come out in the UK on Boxing Day this year, and if you don’t have familial obligations that day, I can’t recommend enough just how much you need to go and see this film when it opens – and if not on the day of release, then certainly that weekend. And again in successive weeks.

“From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine – When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes hes solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.”

Aubrey Plaza is phenomenal in the lead, starring opposite the ever-brilliant Mark Duplass, with Jake M. Johnson, Karan Soni, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Jeff Garlin completing the cast brilliantly.

Colin Trevorrow makes one of the most memorable directorial debuts in recent memory, with a script by fellow newcomer Derek Connolly. We heard back in June that the duo will reunite for their next project, The Ambassadors, and I can’t wait to see how that unfolds.

Its Boxing Day release on our shores will see it arrive on the same day as Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, and Midnight’s Children, from the pen of Salman Rushdie. Given how different all three films are in tone and theme, here’s to hoping that they’ll all find their audiences. (Especially Safety Not Guaranteed.)

Safety Not Guaranteed will be released in the UK on 26th December, and for those who missed it in the US over the summer, it will arrive on DVD/Blu-ray on 30th October. For everyone in the UK who’s been awaiting a theatrical release for this film, I hope you’re in as good a mood as I am. This is the best news I’ve heard in a long while, and I hope you’ll be joining me in theatres come Boxing Day. Let us know in the comments below if you can’t wait to see it, too.

And in case you’ve not yet seen it, here’s the brilliant US trailer we saw earlier in the year. Enjoy.

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  • ShirtlessLocke

    Eh, yet another delayed theatrical release for a film I really want to see. Not too sure if I could hold out an extra month to see it in the cinema, especially given my recent discovery of Parks & Rec and the amazing Aubrey Plaza, and how it’ll likely wind up online in a few weeks.

  • Kenji Lloyd

    I know the delay isn’t ideal, but it seems it’s that way for a lot of independent US movies like this.
    I guess they have to prove that they’re popular enough among audiences before they’re given a chance in other markets, which is a big shame, because I was really hoping this would be released here in the summer.

    I really recommend waiting though, it is BRILLIANT on the big screen.
    Not to mention that if you see it in its theatrical release here, it’ll be proving that US independent movies can succeed in the UK, and hopefully pave the way for fewer delays down the line!

    Boxing Day is going to be such a good day at the cinema!

  • ShirtlessLocke

    Yeah, I know what you mean about the distribution side of things. Though if it’s as good as you (and quite a few others actually) are saying, then I’m sure even if I cave and watch it before Boxing Day, I’ll see it on the big screen a second time. Hopefully marketing for it is amped up so it performs well here.

  • Kenji Lloyd

    A big screen viewing is definitely recommended, and ideally for the first time! There are some brilliant scenes that work really well on a screen the size of a cinema’s.

    And definitely on the marketing side, hopefully it will have a solid campaign behind it, putting out new posters and re-cutting trailers, new clips, etc.