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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) Review

Comedy Drama


Director: Lorene Scafaria

Cast: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Melanie Lynskey

Runtime: 1h 41 mins

As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

With the announcement of an asteroid heading towards earth, the world is in a panic. To make matters even worse, a final mission to destroy the asteroid has failed meaning there is no chance of survival. Seeking A Friend at the End of the World focuses on Dodge (Steve Carrell), a lonely and unhappy man who was abandoned by his wife. With his wife now gone, Dodge is planning to spend his last few days alone; However, his plan changes when he reads an overdue letter from his childhood sweetheart, Dodge is now determined to reunite with her before the end of the world.

Accompanying him on his adventure is his quirky, compassionate and lively neighbour Penny (Keira Knightley) and a dog named Sorry.

Seeking A Friend at the End of the World is a sweet, funny and charming movie which I adored. Surprisingly, Keira Knightley and Steve Carrell had great chemistry, they were magnificent together on screen. I loved the scenes they shared, especially the final scene. The film nicely mixes melancholy comedy with drama and beautiful romance. Even though I really enjoyed the film, it still had its problems: the film started off slow, and took me a while before I got into it. The movie is unbalanced as there is more drama than comedy, it’s a comedy-drama, so more comedy would have been better.

Despite these issues, I think Seeking A Friend at the End of the World is an amazing film with a tear-jerking finale. It’s a film that made me feel contrasting emotions at the same time, as it’s heart-warming but also quite depressing. There were some funny moments, many beautiful moments and even touching moments, for me, these were enough to overcome the movie’s flaws and deliver a charming, lovely, delightful but sad movie.

This film may not be for everybody, but I recommend it anyway and I hope that you give it a watch and enjoy it.

Similar movies: safety not guaranteed, Begin Again


  • Great chemistry between Knightley and Carell
  • Charming
  • Many sweet moments


  • Unbalanced
  • Pacing Issues
  • Slow start


Overall a beautiful and amazing movie which overcomes its flaws with its humour, heart-warming moments and charming characters.


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