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

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  22 June 2012 (USA)
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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.

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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)

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

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22 June 2012 (USA)  »

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Buscando un amigo para el fin del mundo  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$6,619,173 (USA) (29 June 2012)
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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 »

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When Dodge's dad's plane flies away the lights are shown as red on the left and green on the right. The red and green navigation lights for boats and aircraft only shine forward. There is a single white light you see if you are looking at a boat or airplane that is facing away from you. The only way you could see the red light on the left and green on the right is if the plane was flying toward you and it was inverted (upside down). There is also a red light in the middle which is supposed to be the rotating beacon. The rotating beacon is steady (not blinking as it rotates around), but you could argue that it is just broken. See more »

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Penny: Hello, officer, what seems to be the problem?
Officer Wally Johnson: Well, for starters, you're driving at 15 miles over speed limit.
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Officer Wally Johnson: And uh, you know you got a tail light out.
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Officer Wally Johnson: Yeah... also, your plates... expired about a month ago.
Penny: Go on.
Officer Wally Johnson: Uh... that's it. That's everything. That's three things.
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Officer Wally Johnson: May I have some identification?
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Watch this before it's too late
7 October 2012 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

It's rare that I rate a movie this highly. No doubt many will disagree with this rating and I admit to having some doubts myself. I had to ignore the fact that Keira Knightly was miscast in the role of Dodge's (Steve Carell) friend, Penny. As I've mentioned in other reviews, she always seems to be overacting. This may be a personal thing as I'm sure others are enthralled by her work. Martin Sheen is not convincing as Dodge's father. The plot has some problematic moments.

These negatives aside, this is a movie driven by a compelling idea: What would you do if you had only three weeks to live? Well, some resort to taking drugs, others to sex, and others to suicide. Some persevere with dignity to the end. The absurdity of life and the value of death is highlighted, as strange as this may sound. Death puts life into its proper perspective. On the surface, this film has many elements of a romantic comedy and some may dismiss it as such. But look past the surface of this film and you will begin to appreciate it much more.

Of course, we are all facing the end of our own worlds, maybe not in three weeks or en masse, as is portrayed here, but through our individual mortality. Would you continue to work out, visit your dentist, or mow the lawn if you knew it was all soon coming to an end? Basically, the film looks at what in life is truly important. What is worth living for? Who would you want to spend those last moments with and why aren't you spending time with them now? Because this movie brings such existential topics into focus, I think it deserves an above average rating. Don't think of this as a grim, realistic look at life. There is a good deal of humor here. You'll have a few laughs, which, I believe, help to highlight the film's more serious elements.

My opinion of Steve Carrell has been on the rise ever since he starred in Dan in Real Life. In Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, he plays the role of a down and out loser to perfection.

In short, if you are seeking a movie to watch with a friend, this should be your choice. You'll have much to discuss afterwards. It may even make you re-evaluate what you have accepted as being important. Time is, after all, running out.


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