MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 1,022 this week

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

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  22 June 2012 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 65,926 users   Metascore: 59/100
Reviews: 188 user | 254 critic | 36 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 23 Sep 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 05 Dec 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 19 Dec 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 09 Mar 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 27 May 2013
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.

User Polls

4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who's made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.

Director: Gavin Wiesen
Stars: Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano
Forget Me Not I (2010)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Love Happens. When you least expect it. Forget Me Not is a moving, modern day love story set over twenty four hours against a stunning London backdrop.

Directors: Alexander Holt, Lance Roehrig
Stars: Luke de Woolfson, Tobias Menzies, Charlie Covell
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A Hollywood-set romantic tale of a guy who is content to live his life without a job yet with the love of his life, a young actress.

Director: James Keach
Stars: Rachel Bilson, Tom Sturridge, Richard Jenkins
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Antoine is a lawyer living in New York. On his way back to France for the final round of a job interview, Antoine finds himself sitting right next to his ex-girlfriend Julie. With a ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Castagnetti
Stars: Ludivine Sagnier, Nicolas Bedos, Jonathan Cohen
Delicacy (2011)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A French woman mourning over the death of her husband three years prior is courted by a Swedish co-worker.

Directors: David Foenkinos, Stéphane Foenkinos
Stars: Audrey Tautou, François Damiens, Bruno Todeschini
At Middleton (2013)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two parents fall in love over the course of a single day while playing hooky from their children's college tour.

Director: Adam Rodgers
Stars: Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga, Taissa Farmiga
See Girl Run (2012)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A young adult woman decides to revisit her past relationships in order to find some guidance in her current life.

Director: Nate Meyer
Stars: Robin Tunney, Adam Scott, Jeremy Strong
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who's never "done the deed" only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother.

Director: Judd Apatow
Stars: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd
Safe Haven I (2013)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Stars: Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders
The Artist I (2011)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Leo the dishwasher falls in love with a bride on the day of her wedding - to another man.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Sara Canning, Ryan McPartlin
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In pre-World War France, a father is torn between his sense of honor and his deep love for his saintly daughter when she gets in trouble with the wealthy son of a shopkeeper.

Director: Daniel Auteuil
Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Nicolas Duvauchelle
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Radio Announcer
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Amy
...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

An asteroid named "Matilda" is on a collision course towards Earth and in three weeks the world will come to an absolute end. What would you do if your life and the world were doomed? One man decides to spend his time searching for his long lost love from high school during the coming catastrophe. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Nice knowing you. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| | |

Language:

Release Date:

22 June 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buscando un amigo para el fin del mundo  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,822,803 (USA) (22 June 2012)

Gross:

$6,619,173 (USA) (29 June 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The story of an "unexpected romance blossoming between two strangers while on an impromptu road trip" is familiar territory for Director Lorene Scafaria, as that was the premise of her previous screenplay, "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist". See more »

Goofs

During Dodge & Penny's back-to-back dialog in jail, the position of their heads change position, especially Dodge's, either between the bars of the cell or directly in-line with a bar. See more »

Quotes

Dodge: Wow. You have a lot of guns, and a lot of potato chips.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.162 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Air That I Breathe
Written by Albert Hammond and Michael Hazelwood
Performed by The Hollies
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Impending Doom With a Side of Honey
21 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone knows about the calm that happens before the storm. In "Seeking A Friend for the End of the World", what's amazing is just how long that calm lasts.

Throughout the first part of this film, you can't help but wonder, as you watch, how you would react if you heard nonchalant reports on radio and TV about a 70-mile wide asteroid heading for Earth and destroying life as we know it. Would you seek refuge in a fallout shelter and hope for the best, or say "To hell with it!" and do all the things you couldn't do when there was established order with a purpose?

Dodge (Steve Carell) seems to find a third option no one else even tries to consider: sitting calmly and maintaining his own order as virtually everyone else is participating in an orgy or a riot. While being calm works for him as a survival instinct, it also reflects his loneliness. The more people surrounding him, the lonelier he seems.

Very similar to Bill Murray's character in "Lost In Translation", Carell is great at conveying so much despite doing so little. It becomes all the more fascinating when he's the only character in the movie who does not throw caution into the wind. After all, would you be this calm if the world was going to end?

Keira Knightley is Penny, a vibrant but distraught British woman who lives in the same building as Dodge. She appears one night outside his window, and is frantically crying after her realization that she can't fly back home to Great Britain to see her family. Knightley serves as a great contrast to Carell in many ways, and she is a welcome presence in this movie. And I am SO glad the film didn't try to cover her sweet British accent.

The film evolves into a sort of road-trip movie when a riot ensues outside their apartment building, and Dodge persuades Penny to drive to Somerset, Delaware because he knows someone who owns an airplane. As it turns out, Dodge also had a high school girlfriend who wrote to him a few months earlier, before his wife left him.

Sounds like a familiar journey from another movie? Well, "Seeking A Friend For The End of the World" takes you in one direction you think you're going, and then often makes a sharp left when you least expect it. The movie is also funnier than the title suggests, has some startling moments I never saw coming nor expected, and keeps you watching for many reasons.

Is there a love story between Dodge and Penny? Like the recent "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen" (2012), you find yourself unsure if the two main characters should fall in love, or if there is at least a little attraction, or if it really makes any difference.

There are other things you wonder while watching this movie. Most notably, is the world really going to end? Everyone in this movie seems to think so. While it's fascinating to see how different characters react to the news, you keep watching because you want to see if it really does. It can't be a dream or a delusion, can it?

It's great that in a summer season of action flicks and disaster films, there's one film that takes its time showing how ordinary people react to extraordinary things. There's an asteroid headed towards Earth, but there are no explosions, deaths, astronauts, superheroes, or even (surprisingly) camera shots of the sky in this movie whatsoever. Moviegoers who hated "Armageddon" (1998) will be relieved, I'm sure.

Besides Carell and Knightley, other fairly well-known actors show up so briefly, their appearances could practically be considered cameos. Still, every performance by everyone involved stays with you to the point where you probably pinpoint one character and say, "Yeah, I'd probably be THAT guy given the circumstances". As the doomsday clock counts down and the movie ends, you may find yourself reevaluating what you want the last image in your mind to be before it's all over.


156 of 189 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Most Powerful Scene tabbycat
Earth should have been fine. PLOT HOLE ian356094
Unrealistic portrayal of the end of the world Snufkinny
This movie blew me away neguys
Seriously, u haters, can do better? CakesMG
For the Keira Haters Axelbaxter

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?