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



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) Focusmore
Rating: R (for language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lorene Scafaria
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 23, 2012
Box Office: $7.1M
Focus Features - Official Site


Gillian Jacobs
as Waitress/Katie
T.J. Miller
as Chipper Host/Darcy
Mark Moses
as Anchorman
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 Johnso...
Rene Gube
as Cellmate
Jim O'Heir
as Cop #2
Dan Maurio
as Toilet Guy
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Critic Reviews for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (40)

Carell could have given the performance of his life (he doesn't), and the film would have remained a cliché-ridden mess with a narrative built on convenience and coincidence.

Full Review… | April 17, 2016

There's an entire world out there that's about to end, and this movie zooms in on the two least interesting people in it.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

Carell possesses a knack for these comedic-tinged dramatic parts, subtly layering on the pathos while slyly exploiting his character's vulnerability.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

A certain generosity of spirit is required here, but the performances are excellent and the central premise ... is a solid and amusing one.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013

Seeking a Friend mocks the modern rom-com formula, but its apocalyptic gags soon give way to a heart-breaking love story.

Full Review… | October 26, 2012
Big Hollywood

'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' is funny, but also profound and tragic.

Full Review… | October 23, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World


"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

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Quotes

Dodge: You are my favorite thing.
– Submitted by Autumn O (16 months ago)
Penny: I'm scared...
Dodge: I'm.... madly in love with you...
– Submitted by Luis M (2 years ago)
Penny: I thought we could save each other.
Dodge: We did.
– Submitted by Quinn T (2 years ago)
Penny: I won't steal anything if you don't rape me.
– Submitted by Adam P (2 years ago)

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