Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

  • 15
  • Lorene Scafaria (2011)
  • US
  • 97 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Intelligence and subtle wit inform debut director Lorene Scafaria's heartfelt look at unlikely romance blossoming in the shadow of Earth's obliteration by a giant asteroid. As the final countdown begins, the ensuing chaos throws together Steve Carell, who wants to track down his long-lost love, and neighbour Keira Knightley who's trying to reach her faraway family. Both actors put in immensely appealing performances that explore the pain, value and delight of humanity, while Scafaria (writer of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist) adeptly balances the humour and pathos, wringing genuine laughter and emotion from her slyly etched but ominous backdrop. There are some terrific stand-alone scenes, including a wear-what-you-want/do-what-you-like dinner party and the stay-open restaurant where the staff are as available as the food. Another key element to the film's success is the choice soundtrack; after this, vintage standards by the Hollies, Herb Alpert, Beach Boys and Walker Brothers may just be on your "Last song to hear" list, too.

Plot Summary

An introverted man is abandoned by his wife when news breaks that the world will be destroyed by collision with an asteroid in three weeks. He decides to track down his high-school sweetheart before the end, aided by his neighbour, who wants to return to England and be reunited with her family. Romantic comedy, with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.

Cast and crew

Cast

Dodge
Steve Carell
Penny
Keira Knightley
Diane
Connie Britton
Owen
Adam Brody
Warren
Rob Corddry
Katie
Gillian Jacobs
Speck
Derek Luke
Karen
Melanie Lynskey
Anchorman
Mark Moses
Trucker
William L Petersen
Frank
Martin Sheen

Crew

Director
Lorene Scafaria

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Studio Canal
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 13 Jul 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy

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