Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Lorene Scafaria (2011)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


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 & Crew

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
Roache Patton Oswalt
Director Lorene Scafaria
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Jul 2012
Comedy Drama