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

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As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

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Lorene Scafaria

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Lorene Scafaria
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carell ... Dodge
Keira Knightley ... Penny
Adam Brody ... Owen
Connie Britton ... Diane
Roger Aaron Brown ... Alfred
Rob Huebel ... Jeremy
Trisha Gorman Trisha Gorman ... Crying Woman
Nancy Carell ... Linda
Mark Moses ... Anchorman
Tonita Castro ... Elsa
Leslie Murphy ... Amy
Rob Corddry ... Warren
Kasey Campbell ... Danny
Melanie Lynskey ... Karen
Vince Grant ... Man #1 / Chip
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Storyline

An asteroid named "Matilda" is on a collision course towards Earth and in three weeks the world will come to an absolute end. What would you do if your life and the world were doomed? One man decides to spend his time searching for his long lost love from high school during the coming catastrophe. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

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The end is coming soon See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buscando un amigo para el fin del mundo See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,822,803, 24 June 2012

Gross USA:

$7,078,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,636,289
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Datasat | Dolby Digital | Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title of the movie was taken from lyrics in the Chris Cornell song, "Preaching the End of the World", off of his Euphoria Mourning album. See more »

Goofs

Dodge's cleaning lady is at his home on the day the asteroid is going to hit. She says it's a Thursday, and yet the news announcer tells everyone to set their clocks forward that night for Daylight Saving Time - which always happens on a Saturday night/Sunday morning. See more »

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Radio Announcer: OK, what we're getting now is - yes, they're saying it was in fact a fire that erupted inside the external tank of the ship, exactly ninety-eight seconds after it entered the asteroid field. No one is sure what caused the fire which led to the massive explosion, killing all twelve crew members and scientists aboard the space shuttle Deliverance, taking with them our last and only hope. Once again, if you're just tuning in, the CSA space shuttle Deliverance has been destroyed. The ...
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Referenced in Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne (2012) See more »

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Set Adrift On Memory Of Bliss
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Watch this before it's too late
7 October 2012 | by SteveMierzejewskiSee all my reviews

It's rare that I rate a movie this highly. No doubt many will disagree with this rating and I admit to having some doubts myself. I had to ignore the fact that Keira Knightly was miscast in the role of Dodge's (Steve Carell) friend, Penny. As I've mentioned in other reviews, she always seems to be overacting. This may be a personal thing as I'm sure others are enthralled by her work. Martin Sheen is not convincing as Dodge's father. The plot has some problematic moments.

These negatives aside, this is a movie driven by a compelling idea: What would you do if you had only three weeks to live? Well, some resort to taking drugs, others to sex, and others to suicide. Some persevere with dignity to the end. The absurdity of life and the value of death is highlighted, as strange as this may sound. Death puts life into its proper perspective. On the surface, this film has many elements of a romantic comedy and some may dismiss it as such. But look past the surface of this film and you will begin to appreciate it much more.

Of course, we are all facing the end of our own worlds, maybe not in three weeks or en masse, as is portrayed here, but through our individual mortality. Would you continue to work out, visit your dentist, or mow the lawn if you knew it was all soon coming to an end? Basically, the film looks at what in life is truly important. What is worth living for? Who would you want to spend those last moments with and why aren't you spending time with them now? Because this movie brings such existential topics into focus, I think it deserves an above average rating. Don't think of this as a grim, realistic look at life. There is a good deal of humor here. You'll have a few laughs, which, I believe, help to highlight the film's more serious elements.

My opinion of Steve Carrell has been on the rise ever since he starred in Dan in Real Life. In Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, he plays the role of a down and out loser to perfection.

In short, if you are seeking a movie to watch with a friend, this should be your choice. You'll have much to discuss afterwards. It may even make you re-evaluate what you have accepted as being important. Time is, after all, running out.


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