Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
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Steve Carell and Keira Knightley lead an all-star cast in this clever and heartwarming comedy that explores the crazy things people do when humanity's last days are at hand. Set in a too-near future, two neighbors, Dodge (Carell) and Penny (Knightley), react in their own unique ways to the announcement that a 70-mile-wide asteroid is en route to the Earth. He wants to return to his first love. She just wants to get back to her family. As the unlikely companions' respective journeys converge, their outlooks – if not the world's – brighten in surprising and hilarious ways. The feature directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria (Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is being hailed as "funny and wonderfully poetic! Steve Carell and Keira Knightley are superb." (Claudia Puig, USA Today)
A sweet and subtle love story, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World begins when Dodge (Steve Carell) watches his wife run away from him because she's just learned that an asteroid is going to destroy the Earth. Dodge finds himself unmoored in a world that's lost its bearings in a much bigger way; some people surrender to hedonism, some cling to the mundane patterns of their lives, and others just kill themselves. Then Dodge is given one last chance at meaning in his life: a neighbor named Penny (Keira Knightley) reveals that she's failed to give him some of his misdirected mail… including a letter from his cherished high school sweetheart, who reveals he was the love of her life. As civilization falls apart around them, Dodge and Penny set off on a road trip to reunite Penny with her family and Dodge with his lost love. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World could have been broad and goofy, but instead the movie takes the scenario seriously (without, mind you, losing its sense of humor). Dodge and Penny discover that their lives, disconnected from a possible future, aren't what they were, and the result is both comic and surprisingly heartfelt. An impressive supporting cast--including Patton Oswalt, Connie Britton, Derek Luke, William Petersen, Rob Corddry, Gillian Jacobs, T.J. Miller, Adam Brody, Melanie Lynskey, and more--fleshes out this world of lost souls. --Bret Fetzer
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : MHV62121225DVD
- Director : Lorene Scafaria
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 41 minutes
- Release date : October 23, 2012
- Actors : Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Rob Corddry
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish
- Producers : Steve Golin, Joy Gorman Wettels, Steven Rales, Mark Roybal
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B007L6VRBM
- Writers : Lorene Scafaria
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,106 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The reality is 95% of the movie coasts along with some pretty funny moments and some moments that may even have you reflecting on your own personal life.
Then the last 10 minutes of the movie hits and I believe that's where I came to absolutely love it and was even actually blown away.
After the movie was over we were still discussing it an hour later because it had us thinking so much. Steve Carell and Kiera Knightly were so freaking good and were so believable in their roles. In closing, this movie has a little bit of everything and that's why I gave it 5 stars! Loved it!
Loved it but I did not buy it I rented it so it's really strange they're asking me to review it! Amazon? Please send me A DVD of this video? Thank you
There's a proverb -- "Life is an opportunity, not a promise." And another, "Sometimes the answer to our prayers is a chance to die well."
I took off one star because while I thought it was good, in the end, everyone dies, and... that's a downer. The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs was only 10-miles across, and ejected part of the core into the upper atmosphere. This one was supposed to be 70-miles across. I am an optimist. I would believe that somewhere, somehow, people would survive to rebuild. But that would be a different movie than this one.
The story is about 2 average everyday neighbors who never noticed each other; Dodge (Steve Carrell) and Penny (Keira Knightley). They happen to cross paths just before the apocalypse & find that they really hit it off. They're a bit of an odd couple as Dodge is old enough to be Penny's father, but who cares? It is, after all, the end of the world!!
They embark on an adventure where they meet a great many eccentric people; from riots to "free love" from the 1960s, the end brings about the best & worst of humanity. The movie is filled with a lot of fun cameos by big name thespians whom you're not expecting to see.
Ultimately this movie for me was a cross between DEEP IMPACT and LOST IN TRANSLATION. Kind of an odd hybrid, right? Well, on that point you are correct, but somehow it works. When the end is near, all that is left to do is to be human.....love well.....and laugh. Enjoy the apocalypse!!
When Carell finds out that the end is near nothing goes right for him. His wife leaves him. He continues to go to his job at a life insurance company, his friend commits suicide, and he later finds out that his wife was cheating on him. It seems like he’s going to face his demise feeling pretty horrible. That is until he meets Knightley. She’s the complete opposite of him being carefree and having no real burdens. They make an odd couple as they set off on a road trip to accomplish the impossible; Knightley wants to see her parents in England and Carell wants to find his high school sweetheart. They seem like impossible dreams but given the situation they provide motivation to stay alive.
The movie is a light comedy with some serious moments about life and family thrown in as well.
This movie is one of the rare exceptions.
The characters are neither hopelessly complex nor vapid and simple. Each character has positive and negative characteristics and those qualities interact in realistic ways.
On the surface, this movie is an end-of-the-world romance. It touches briefly on events and tensions such as despair, disillusionment, suicide, and parasitic exploitation. It also touches on hope, love, and the power of relationships.
One of the things I like about this movie that keeps me watching it a third, fourth, or fifth time, is the quality of the dialogue. The characters are honest about their feelings and responses to the things they witness as the story unfolds. They use language that is concise, revealing, realistic, and not overloaded with cliches or worn-out phrases from pop culture.
Not a movie I watch every week, but one I do return to regularly and enjoy every time.
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As a film, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World [DVD ] is difficult to classify. Is it a spoof apocolypse movie, or a romantic comedy? It certainly has elements of both genres, and the combination seems to work to a certain extent.
I went to see this film at the Odeon in Leicester in July. While I would not rate it as the movie of the year, it's still quite entertaining and worth seeing again if you're at a loose end. Especially if you're a fan of either Steve Carell or Keira Knightley.
Worth a watch.
Not your typical Steve Carell movie.