Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

 (2,290)6.71 h 41 min2012X-RayR
HD. Steve Carell and Keira Knightley form an unlikely bond as Armageddon looms in the form of a killer asteroid in this unique, funny tale.
Lorene Scafaria
Steve CarellKeira KnightleyAdam Brody
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Derek LukeWilliam Petersen
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J.R. (Not from Dallas)Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Viewed with an open mind, its a fantastic movie! Laughs, love & appeals to the heart! No spoiler review 😉
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I went into the viewing of this movie with preconceived notions thinking it was going to be the typical Steve Carell comedy. Instead what I got was heartfelt, somewhat sad, comedic love story. Steve Carell and Kiera Knightly were absolutely perfect in these roles. My suggestion is to either watch the trailer and then watch the movie or go into it having an open mind without watching the trailer. No spoilers below, just opinions.

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!
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D. RobertsReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A charming end of the world tale
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60 million years ago, an asteroid around 6 miles long hit the Yucatan peninsula in what is modern day Mexico. That was lights-out for the age of the dinosaurs. In the present film, a 70 mile long asteroid named MATILDA is on its way to bring an end to the human race & there's just a few weeks before it is set to arrive. All last-ditch efforts to avoid this calamity have failed.

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 well.....and laugh. Enjoy the apocalypse!!
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swat4hireReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really great screenplay and well adapted in this film it is amazing and the actors deserve
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By far this is one of my most favorite movies in the world! I absolutely love the unexpected twists and turns as well as the unexpected relationship that blossoms between the 2 main characters which is lovely! I would have thought both the male and female lead should have won an Oscar for their performance because it was a realistic view of a terrifying event that may some day come our way. I would hope to meet people just like them if the SHTF.

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
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Mike-EReviewed in the United States on June 17, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
I'm Annoyed
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Sorry but this is not a 4.5-star movie. I am not exactly a Steve Carrell fan but thought he was really good in Beautiful Boy. I took this movie on hoping for some more magic but it totally falls flat, from the overall premise to the execution and acting. Kiera's annoying overly-scrunched-up face is only matched by Steve's annoying over-the-top "aw shucks I really am that boring aren't I?" routine. The chemistry between these two is the definition of underachieving. They are foreign and unlikable, especially for a movie about the apocalypse -- comedy or not. I was happy to see TJ Miller make an appearance but it does not save this movie which with a 2-star rating is a compliment.
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N. DemanueleReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
A Complete Snore-Fest and Waste of Talent!!
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I love Steve Carrell and the cast of this movie! However, there was no plot, it seemed like they made it up as the movie progressed!

I don't understand why it's getting 5 stars?

Don't waste your time with this one!
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betterthanReviewed in the United States on June 23, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Knew 90 seconds into this it would be neither funny, nor interesting or even worth a care
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So basically you sum up the entire trajectory of the film in the first two minutes and then whats left after that wont be funny and it wont be at least fun (like zombies) or even offbeat. Just standard would be comedy with a borrowed premise. Hollywood just doesnt get it. A story that lays all its cards on the table trying to grab an audience is just a desperate and simple minded ploy. Steve Carel - The Office = Nothing.
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Christina ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Seems Average At Best But Gets Better The More You Think....
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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film, written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, in her feature directorial debut. The film stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley as a pair of strangers who meet and form an unexpected bond as they help each other find closure in their lives before an asteroid wipes out all life on earth.

As of right now I am feeling a little bit ambivalent about the pacing of this film. In all fairness, however, I imagine this is because I've never seen a film about an apocalypse that is meant to be a romance; because of this, it is no surprise that many scenes take longer than I would expect to finish, but a distinct lack of urgency is missing when the primary goals set forth by the main characters is taken in to further consideration. I appreciate the light hearted moments that remind me to slow down and appreciate the simpler things in life, but I ultimately could not offer any empathy to the characters or their unique situations and/or struggles throughout the course of this film.

Speaking of romance - even the pace at which this developed could have done with some fine-tuning. Specifically, the two main characters act rather fond (fond perhaps bring too strong of a word, maybe) of one another upon meeting and at no point is it inferred that they couldn't possibly be a good match for one another. In the end, it becomes a challenge to appreciate the relationship that blossoms between them since there's no other logical explanation for the infatuation they have with one another by the time this story comes to an end. To remedy this I would have liked to have seen some amount of contention-worthy tension between them - even if it was well-rounded and served only in the tiniest of proportions.

A redeeming quality however is the approach this film takes in presenting the relationship between a son and his much estranged father. My gratitude for the scene in which this element is highlighted stems from personal experience as I too had one of my parental figures abruptly disappear from my life approximately 20 years ago. I have come a long way from where I was, but for the longest time….I had the anger. I had the misery. I had those thoughts of rejection and confusion that bubble over the surface without a moment's notice. I have sat through the awkward apologies. I have heard this figure cry when I said to them: You know, you really weren't all that bad.
This could very easily lead to a tangent I wasn't anticipating, so I will simply end on this point by reiterating the fact that this certainty has the potential to resonate deeply with audience members, but just not the way one will likely see coming.

...And just like that I reminded myself about the name of this film in the first place. How could I not have noticed: on the surface this appears to be about romantic shenanigans occuring during an otherwise inconvenient time (Does it ever really? But I digress). At its core, this is a story about acceptance and the desire to make connections with one another that are unrequited or ignored. When I think of it this way the pacing makes sense and slowly becomes an element I can ignore and feel justified in doing so. Was this Scafaria's intentions on making this? I honestly don't know, but it doesn't hurt to pretend like it is.

'Seeking A Friend.....' is an allusive one. It grapples with absurdity while remaining relatively close to the ground. It is ignited with the charm we expect and infused with the warmth we deserve. In so many ways it is brilliant. In so many other ways it just misses the mark.
I was going to rate this with 3.5, but this sudden epiphany bumps it up to a 4.

If given the opportunity, I would recommend watching this film at least once -
but it isn't the end of world if you don't.
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Annie DavenportReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
This movie offers comedy, romance, self-doubt, drama, self-discovery, and liberating fun.
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I've never seen either Steve Carell or Kiera Knightley in any performances before I viewed this movie. I didn't read any reviews nor did I watch the trailer, instead, I went in not knowing what to expect.

In the beginning, I didn't have a relationship with either of the characters because Dodge, (Carell) was definitely a non-participatory wallflower with a non-descript, blah personality. But, as I watched, I began seeing different layers to his personality. But not until Penny (Kiera) literally climbed into his apartment window. Even then, his emotional growth came in spurts.

Penny, for me, in the beginning was a bit flighty, air-headed, and seemed interested in only having fun. I soon realized this persona of hers was actually a covert operation to reach in and pull out the real Dodge. After this, I truly began to enjoy the movie, and sat back, allowing Dodge and Penny to carry me along on their adventures.

There were a couple of real surprises along the way, which I won't reveal.

Throughout this movie, I just knew, I mean I simply was convinced that a last minute plan would push the Earth destroying asteroid off it's path toward Earth.

I just knew that Dodge and Penny had found their forever loves and would find their forever after.

The end of the movie for me was startling. I found myself wrapped deeply into Dodge and Penny and what their future together would bring, such as babies, a new profession for Dodge, a cute little suburban house, and Penny's family sitting in the backyard with her Mum and Dad cuddling their grandchildren. Penny was holding her newborn niece that was named after her. The entire Penny Clan had crossed The Pond and filled the backyard and cute little suburban home with love and laughter.

Dodge was finally fully fledged into a quiet, well grounded, very committed, gentle, deeply caring partner.

I blinked right along with Penny.

The end of the movie brought tears to my eyes and a definite feeling of, 'NO! I want a re-write! I want a do-over!' I watched this movie last night, 6/25, and writing this silly little review has brought a veil of sadness once again.

Please don't let the beginning of this movie put you off. It begins slowly, but Dodge, Penny, and the gentle nuances of the underlying story line will absolutely be captivating.
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