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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

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6.71 h 41 min2012X-Ray15
There are 21 days left until the end of the world. Meek salesman Dodge has been suddenly deserted by his wife and now has no idea how to spend his last remaining days. When a riot breaks out around his building, Dodge escapes in the car of his extraverted neighbour Penny.
Directors
Lorene Scafaria
Starring
Rob CorddryKeira KnightleySteve Carell
Genres
RomanceDramaComedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Connie BrittonMelanie LynskeyT.J. MillerAdam BrodyGillian JacobsPatton OswaltWilliam PetersenDerek Luke
Studio
StudioCanal
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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4.3 out of 5 stars

976 global ratings

  1. 65% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 21% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 6% of reviews have 1 stars
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Rob D.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 January 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Watch if you are able to enjoy it
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A film to divide opinion so best to add the filter criteria for whether watching this is going to float your boat. I'd start by having enough life under the belt to support an understanding of nostalgic regrets in past life but still having enough love of life left to dream. If you want a Steve Carrell comedy like Evan Almighty, give up now, but persist if you enjoy a not-so-subtle knife in the shallowness of convention and what it means to strip that crud away. If you need a film to paint emotions raw and keep the pace ticking along briskly or just want a good, hearty laugh, then this isn't going to be a movie that fits the bill. But if you enjoy patiently watching for the details to unfold and appreciate tales of loves that never should have been, then go for it.

Meet those criteria and this film is unexpectedly beautiful. The story starts at the end of the long, slow, grinding slog through a first world life. It ends in love sufficient to conquer fear and make everything else, including the end of human civilisation, irrelevant. What you get from the story in between depends on what you bring to the table.
17 people found this helpful
GoldeneddieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 February 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Just too slow
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There are quite a few positive reviews here, yet I did not enjoy it and I think the reviews need some balance, so here goes.

The first problem is Steve Carrell. His underwhelming Mr Average character has worn thin for me. Given the theme of Armageddon, I especially found his purposeless, deadpan persona so incredibly boring to watch.

The second problem is Keira Knightley, who plays an irritating stereotype of every Southern British girl in her twenties with all the depth and range of a floor tile. Within minutes of her moody teenager level of acting, I wanted to saw off my own foot in despair.

The film has the elements and potential of a comedy, a dark comedy, a Romcom or even something more philosophical, but it does not land fully in any of those categories thus did not totally engage me. If you really want to see what this film could have achieved with depth and proper acting, watch Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind.

Though meant to be sometimes gentle, sometimes dark, the mixture really lacks bite. Later you will find that there is an uplifting message to be discovered but, all in all, the dialogue was too pedestrian for me, the pace too slow, the acting uninteresting and the humour not really there. I know we could have had the same dark, gentle, deep themes realised with snappier dialogue and acting because we have seen it in films like As Good As It Gets or About Schmidt. Steve Carrell is definitely NOT Jack Nicholson though, and could not keep me engaged. Often I was just waiting for something to happen and wishing Armageddon would just hurry up and happen already.

Structurally, the film sagged in the middle and just kept on sagging. By the end, I felt the emotion in the film but oh it took the long way round to get there. If only a smarter director had edited the dialogue and pace to be crisper, then it might have worked. But if you don't mind the slow, thoughtful pace, you could still like it. There are some positive reviews on here with fair points, but the main character bored me deeply and the female lead was just too irritatingly stereotyped. I can't recommend this at all.
9 people found this helpful
Mark FullerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 November 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
:) "Is this a bad time?"
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Such a middle finger to my beloved "The Walking Dead" and other similar "end of the world" scenarios.
... just living sweetly, quietly and unfussly doing great gestures of love, spending the last hours enjoying this rare thing to find, hard to keep and one of the most fulfilling: having in your arms the one you'd spend Apocalypse with.
:) you'd be very disappointed if you expected a lot of hysterical desperation followed by the barbaric cruelty and gore. Dodge & Penny will not give up anything for the chance of living the guaranteed nightmare to follow. They are amongst the people that don't get to suffer at all: the ones that are first to go.
Keira Knightly & Steve Carell? Reminds me of the first time I had rucolla icecream... unlikely, but they pulled it off quite nicely, I think.
8 people found this helpful
Nick L.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Such a strange intriguing gem of a film
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The urge to go and do domestic activities like watering your plants, or feeding your cat almost takes you away from the first 30 minutes of a vaguely irritating set of characters. Then, like the (original) Stepford Wives, the film just takes a neat step sideways, ditching standard sci-fi thrills (Deep Impact/Armageddon) in favour of a more personal take on the end of the World. Yes, there is syrup, but it's in the quiet moments of tenderness between Keira Knightley and Steve Carrell that set this film apart. Knightley's love of vinyl and the way she describes the richness of tone and the delicate way you handle the media brought back memories of my childhood. Likewise, the moments of understanding between the two leads is so beautiful. If you've half a heart, you'll ask yourself what was the point of all those useless arguments you had, when life is so final. The film saves its best lines for when the final scene arrives and you can't quite believe it. I had tears rolling down my cheeks. Stunning, amazing and emotional.
2 people found this helpful
Twisted_MentatReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 April 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Remarkably earnest. This is a slow one for relaxing and wrapping up with some-thing/one warm.
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Clicked wasn't expecting much. Turns out I got some feels from it.

This isn't zombieland or 2012, it's a slow burn character story that's actively trying to avoid the usual disaster movie drama and overly convenient plot turns.

Good cast, minimal snark, nice avoidance of idiots, surprisingly respectable character storytelling for the people most other movies pretend don't exist.

It literally feels like every disaster movie cliche from the last 20 years was going to happen in the background characters lives while the 2 leads did their thing, went for their objectives and took the time to enjoy the things they could.
GollumReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 February 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining...
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Strange juxtaposition of a romcom against the backdrop of impending world disaster. Keira is lovely as the vivacious free spirit and Steve is excellent as the serious, melancholic, uptight insurance salesman. The comedy is not a laugh a minute; the end of the world element is very sanitized; and the romance is mild. However, it all comes together very well and overall was very entertaining. Worth a watch.
One person found this helpful
StarbuckReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
The most Un-Apocalytic end of the World movie...... but Brilliant!
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An unlikely casting of Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley but it works brilliantly. A fantastic story of every day folk facing The End in various but totally believable ways. Humanity in all its quirky diversity facing the same end point. No block buster Hollywood special effects bonanza in sight. No Hero saving the hour. No Megalomaniacs, no improbable safe havens. No hectic race to the final refuge. Just a very Human response to an inevitable conclusion. Probably far closer to the "Reality" should this ever happen for real. I love End of the World movies and this has to be my all time favourite!
10/10 ( I really want to visit a Friendsy's one day LOL)
4 people found this helpful
lambtonwyrmReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love Blossoms as the World Ends
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The older boring insurance salesman, Dodge, meets the younger ditzy woman, Penny, as the world is about to end. The 2 opposites set off to be with family or old loves journeying across the country meeting people who are facing up to extinction in their own distinct ways.
This is a true love story as the journey continues.
It showcases how different people adapt, or not, to the end of life from denying it to the titanium bunker. In the end it is about love.
This is truly a great film.
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