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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

HD   R Closed Captioning

Lorene Scafaria

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About the Movie

The feature directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria stars Golden Globe Award winner Steve Carell and Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley. 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, their outlooks – if not the world’s – brighten.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 162
  • Fresh: 89
  • Rotten: 73
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This is a romantic comedy for people who don't like rom-coms. There's no chance of a happy ending, but its tender mercies speak volumes. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 21, 2012

Fresh: "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," a half-tender portrait of two very lonely hearts in the closing weeks of humanity's run on Earth, is a strange movie. – Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 21, 2012

Rotten: It's too bad the movie chose to go so gentle into that good night. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Jun 22, 2012

Rotten: "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World'' has its laughs, but pretty much every single one of them is in the trailer. – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Jun 22, 2012

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Customer Reviews


It's not surprising that a movie like "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" was a flop at the box office. Aside from the fact that the whole "end of the world" premise has been done to death in countless movies before it, the film was barely promoted by Focus Features. Nevertheless, I decided to go ahead and see it during opening weekend simply because I'm a huge fan of both Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley. And while I can honestly say that I enjoyed the movie, it wasn't quite as funny and memorable as I would've hoped. In fact, it isn't so much a comedy as it is a somber drama. The story primarily focuses on our two leads and what they decide to do during humanity's last days. It isn't the most exciting or substantial plot, but Carrell and Knightley share an oddly tender and charming chemistry that helps keep the film afloat. Their dialogue feels effortless, and the subtlety of Carrell's performance is a refreshing change of pace in his career. Unfortunately, the movie itself doesn't hold up as well as the performances of its stars. For one, the tone of the story is never consistent. It can never decide whether it wants to be endearing and lighthearted or depressing and poignant. Another occurrence that some filmgoers may find disappointing is the ending. I won't give away any spoilers, but let's just say that it's not what you'd expect. Anyway, if you're thinking about watching this movie, just know that it won't be to everyone's liking. While it greatly benefits from its undeniably talented cast and a number of touching moments, it often feels a bit too contrived and sentimental to fully resonate. At the very least, I'd suggest giving it a watch simply for Carrell and Knightley's performances alone.

where was this movie in the theaters?

loved it. so did a lot of cool critics like Ebert, Roeper, TIME magazine, Lisa Schwarzbaum from EW. MUST SEE this movie. Moving and sweet. Poorly marketed as a laugh riot comedy, but more like a lost in translation relationship type story. SEE IT!

Indian paintbrush

Excellent movie. You couldn't expect less from Indian paintbrush and Focus.
With this and moonrise kingdom nothing much to be done left.

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