Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World stars Golden Globe Award winner Steve Carell and Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley and is the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria. Set in a too-near future, the movie explores what people will do when humanity's last days are at hand. As the respective journeys of Dodge (Mr. Carell) and Penny (Ms. Knightley) converge, the two spark to each other and their outlooks - if not the world's - brighten. -- (C) Focus
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R (for language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence)
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Comedy
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Cast

Adam Brody
as Owen
Rob Corddry
as Warren
Gillian Jacobs
as Waitress/Katie
Derek Luke
as Speck
T.J. Miller
as Chipper Host/Darcy
Mark Moses
as Anchorman
Patton Oswalt
as Roache
Brad Morris
as Radio Announcer
Rob Huebel
as Jeremy
Trisha Gorman
as Crying Woman
Vince Grant
as Man #1/Chip
Amy Schumer
as Woman #1/Lacey
Bob Stephenson
as Officer Wally Johnson
Rene Gube
as Cellmate
Jim O'Heir
as Cop #2
Dan Maurio
as Toilet Guy
Nancy Walls
as Linda
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Critic Reviews for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (41)

Though it's clear we're meant to be moved by the big finale, the sight of these two together is so unsettling it's hard not to start rooting for the asteroid.

Full Review… | July 10, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Steve Carell and Keira Knightley make for one of the most unlikely and yet one of the most touching romantic couples of the year.

Full Review… | June 26, 2012
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

This is an exceedingly promising directorial debut for Scafaria, who adapted the winning romance Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist.

Full Review… | June 22, 2012
Denver Post
Top Critic

The genuine sweetness of the friendship that develops between these two wins out over any of the movie's failings.

Full Review… | June 22, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

A movie that may be, in its own small, weird way, the most bizarrely bittersweet and oddly beautiful romance you've seen in quite awhile.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

The problem with this nice-try comedy is the nice-guy protagonist.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

½

"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.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

This movie should not be sold as a comedy, for it is actually the most depressive movie of the year, and the problem lies in fact in its abrupt shifts in tone and a disastrous attempt at being both a cute road movie and a profound love story, which leads to an awful ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

This is the second romance-at-the-end-of-the-world film I've seen in as many days (Perfect Sense was the other) and is the lesser of the two in what might become a trend. The doomsday scenario is hardly a concern for this one as the budding romance takes the main stage and in that it is regrettably predictable to a fault. Cue some recognizable tunes to show our couple strolling down a beach to and that's the film in a nutshell. The one upsell is that Steve Carell gave the impression of reaching for something more substantial while working within the genre which added an interesting layer.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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