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      Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

      2012, Comedy/Drama, 1h 41m

      176 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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      Tender, charming, and well-acted, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is unfortunately hamstrung by jarring tonal shifts and a disappointing final act. Read critic reviews

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      T.J. Miller in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." (L-R) Keira Knightley as Penny, Gillian Jacobs as Katie, T.J. Miller and Steve Carell as Dodge in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Steve Carell as Dodge in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." (L-R) Derek Luke as Speck, Keira Knightley as Penny and Steve Carell as Dodge in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Steve Carell as Dodge in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Steve Carell as Dodge and Keira Knightley as Penny in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Rob Corddry as Warren in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Steve Carell as Dodge in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Melanie Lynskey as Karen and Steve Carell as Dodge in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." (L-R) T.J. Miller, Keira Knightley as Penny and Steve Carell as Dodge in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Derek Luke as Speck in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Keira Knightley as Penny and Steve Carell as Dodge in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Steve Carell as Dodge in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Adam Brody as Owen in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Gillian Jacobs as Katie in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Keira Knightley as Penny in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Connie Britton as Diane in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." (L-R) Patton Oswalt as Roache and Steve Carell as Dodge in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Steve Carell as Dodge and Keira Knightley as Penny in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." Keira Knightley as Penny and Steve Carell as Dodge in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World."

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      The announcement that an enormous asteroid will obliterate Earth in less than a month brings an end to the marriage of mild-mannered insurance salesman Dodge (Steve Carell), whose wife leaves him on the spot. After his bold young neighbor, Penny (Keira Knightley), belatedly delivers a letter from Dodge's former sweetheart, Dodge decides that he must find the love of his life before it's too late. Dodge and Penny embark on a road trip that eventually brightens their outlook, if not the world's.

      • Rating: R (Language|Brief Violence|Sexual References|Some Drug Use)

      • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Lorene Scafaria

      • Producer: Steve Golin, Joy Gorman Wettels

      • Writer: Lorene Scafaria

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $6.6M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Focus Features

      • Production Co: Anonymous Content

      • Sound Mix: Datasat, Dolby Stereo

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      • Oct 11, 2018

        The beginning is actually quite excellent. With knowledge of the impending end of the world spreading it's pretty quirky and full of black humor to see how people deal with it, despair or celebrate the last days. With increasing length of the following road trip bringing two characters together, things move more and more in somewhat normal rom com terrain, despite of the unusual premise. That slows down the film at times. What's worst is that it ends exactly like you'd expect it to and there is no punchline, no surprise. That's disappointing after a really good first half with the who is who of US comedy.

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      • Jul 25, 2016

        I was so torn at the end of this movie. The entire production was great with amazing dark comedy based around the world ending. Steve Carrell and Kiera Knightley are great throughout the movie and really have engaging characters. However, towards the end **Spoilers** when they end up together, it really kills the vibe. I really enjoyed the idea of them just being friends and facing the end of the world together in the end. The love plot between the two was very off-putting and really knocks a star off of this rating.

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      • Mar 17, 2016

        "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" follows the exact title all the way through. At it's core, this film is essentially about a planet that is about to collide with Earth, leaving the planet in ruins. After that set-up, the audience follows around Dodge (played by Steve Carell), a troubled middle-aged man who just got a divorce, weeks before the end of the world. Running into a much younger woman than him, they form a friendship and she helps him through his emotions and tries to get him where he wants to be for the end. The promise, characters, and payoff that this film sets up in the first two acts really had me invested, until it didn't. This film helms terrific performances and great characters that come in and out of their lives throughout these remaining days; However, when you set up things that audiences want to see executed and you do not follow through, it can be pretty frustrating. The third act of this film really felt like a quick wrap up. It almost seemed like the writers were rushing or wrote themselves into a corner. There were many things that occur in the final act that are left alone. In the end, this film is definitely one with a lot of promise and I felt myself attached to almost every character, until it's very rushed conclusion. Well-made, but ultimately disappointing.

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      • Oct 08, 2015

        Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a very random movie. From the trailer, one might be expecting a comedy, but be warned it is not a comedy. Some bits are comical, but the film is mostly a downer as it goes on. The main thing the film has going for it is the performances of the actors, which manage to make it much more engaging than it otherwise would be.

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