Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Published November 24, 2012

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Film info

  • Title Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Director Lorene Scafaria
  • Year 2012
  • Run time 1hr 41m
  • Genres Comedy, Science Fiction, Romance, Drama
  • Tagline Nice knowing you

As an asteroid nears Earth, mild-mannered salesman Dodge (Steve Carell) finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. With only 21 days left until the end of the world, he decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is his kooky neighbour Penny (Keira Knightley) who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

Fast Facts

Title: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Director: Lorene Scafaria Year: 2012 Run time: 1hr 41m

Background Info

I love a good disaster movie, but this appeared to be something quite different. The disaster is unavoidable, so it’s about what you do in those last remaining weeks. So far, I’ve really liked everything I’ve seen Steve Carell do, and Keira Knightley can be good too, so I was keen to see how this one worked out.

Live Blog

1:32 - No Bruce?? 2:57 - The “End of the World Awareness Concert”! 3:44 - See, you think, I wouldn’t go to work, heck no. But then… what if the world didn’t end? 7:42 - Excellent traffic reporting. 12:21 - Ooh, yes, eating whatever you want would be good. I think I would just eat for three weeks. 14:03 - He has pretty awful friends. 14:58 - Woah. I don’t have heroin on my bucket list! 18:43 - “It’s the end of the world and I’m still fifteen minutes late.” 21:35 - She has her shoes on the sofa. I suppose it is the end of the world but… 29:29 - It’s a bit concerning if you can’t give up your records even at the end of the world, but everyone has something I suppose. 33:34 - I like hiding in a hood. 40:11 - There’s a lot of Steve Carrell’s profile in this. He has a bigger nose than I realised. 43:14 - “Conga your way to a great time.” 50:29 - Hehehe, they got arrested. 56:52 - Mmmm, bunker. 1:02:42 - If that car is product placement, it’s not working because it’s ridiculous. 1:12:29 - Being English in America is a good excuse for not knowing geography. 1:16:59 - Beach would also be good. 1:19:51 - Calling the dog “Sorry” is genius but always going to create difficult conversations. 1:23:22 - Surely if there is an instrument you can’t duet with, it’s a harmonica. 1:27:44 - NASA sucks. One week out! 1:27:53 - Also, if it was the end of the world, I so wouldn’t switch to daylight savings. 1:34:41 - He’s so lovely.


I really liked this. There were a couple of quite significant plot holes, or at least plot questions, but it was still really good. Both parties acted well, and they had some good banter tonight. I read a review that said the ending was disappointing, but it was only going to go one way… and I thought it was quite sweet. It reminded me of the old couple in Titanic.

**Rating: **4/5

Rating: 4 / 5

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