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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World -- Steve Carell and Keira Knightley lead an all-star cast in this clever and heartwarming comedy that explores the crazy things people do when humanity's last days are at hand.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World -- 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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  (in credits order)

Brad Morris ... Radio Announcer (voice)

Steve Carell ... Dodge

Nancy Carell ... Linda

Mark Moses ... Anchorman

Roger Aaron Brown ... Alfred

Rob Huebel ... Jeremy

Trisha Gorman ... Crying Woman

Keira Knightley ... Penny

Adam Brody ... Owen

Tonita Castro ... Elsa

Leslie Murphy ... Amy

Connie Britton ... Diane

Rob Corddry ... Warren

Kasey Campbell ... Danny

Melanie Lynskey ... Karen

Vince Grant ... Man #1 / Chip

Amy Schumer ... Woman #1 / Lacey

Patton Oswalt ... Roache

Marshall Manesh ... Indian Man
Aleister ... Sorry

William Petersen ... Trucker

T.J. Miller ... Chipper Host / Darcy

Gillian Jacobs ... Waitress / Katie

Bob Stephenson ... Officer Wally Johnson

Rene Gube ... Cell-Mate

Jim O'Heir ... Cop #2

Derek Luke ... Speck
Daniel Maurio ... Toilet Guy

Martin Sheen ... Frank
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matthew Alan Brady ... Kissing Couple In Park (uncredited)

Tony Brown ... Gay Party Guest (uncredited)

Lauren Crawford ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)
Taber Cross ... Waitress (uncredited)

Eddie J. Fernandez ... Carjacker (uncredited)

Ami Haruna ... Kissing Waitress (uncredited)

Jake Lucas ... Gay Party Guest (uncredited)

Laura Mann ... Sarah (uncredited)

Prestin Persson ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)
Vivian Smallwood ... Speck's Mother (uncredited)
Pat O. Smith ... Friendsy's Customer (uncredited)

Lauren K. Solomon ... Kissing Friendsy's Customer (uncredited)

Chris Spinelli ... Cyclist (uncredited)

Steve Stafford ... Airplane Pilot (uncredited)

Monica Staggs ... Baptist Mother (uncredited)

Hannah Victoria Stock ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Jack Story ... Steve-O (uncredited)

Gary J. Wayton ... Drunk Wrestler (uncredited)

Directed by
Lorene Scafaria 
Writing credits
Lorene Scafaria (written by)

Produced by
Nicole Brown .... executive producer
Steve Golin .... producer
Joy Gorman .... producer
Nathan Kahane .... executive producer
Kelli Konop .... co-producer
Patty Long .... line producer
Steven Rales .... producer (as Steven M. Rales)
Mark Roybal .... producer
Original Music by
Jonathan Sadoff 
Rob Simonsen 
Cinematography by
Tim Orr 
Film Editing by
Zene Baker 
Casting by
Nicole Abellera 
Jeanne McCarthy 
Production Design by
Chris L. Spellman 
Set Decoration by
Kathy Lucas 
Costume Design by
Kristin M. Burke 
Makeup Department
David LeRoy Anderson .... makeup artist: Steve Carell (as David L. Anderson)
Nancy Baca .... additional makeup artist (as Nancy C. Baca)
Brooke Baron .... additional makeup artist: additional production period
April M. Chaney .... additional makeup artist: additional production period
JoAnn Gerard .... additional hair stylist (as Jo Ann Gerard)
Roxane Griffin .... co-key hair stylist (as Roxanne Griffin)
Angela Gurule .... co-key hair stylist: additional makeup artist: additional production period
Camille Henderson .... additional makeup artist
Rolf John Keppler .... additional makeup artist
Peter Kukla .... additional hair stylist (as Peter Kukal)
Lisa Meyers .... additional hair stylist
Margarita Pidgeon .... additional hair stylist
Peter Tothpal .... co-key hair stylist
Laurel Van Dyke .... additional hair stylist
Jeanne Van Phue .... makeup department head
Production Management
Sharon C. Dietz .... production manager
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
Marsha L. Swinton .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Erik J. Carpenter .... second second assistant director
Kristin Graham .... second assistant director: additional photography
Reza Lackey .... additional second second assistant director
Reza Lackey .... second second assistant director: additional photography
Kyle LeMire .... second assistant director
John McKeown .... first assistant director
William Ostroff .... additional second assistant director
Andrew Stahl .... additional second assistant director: additional photography
Art Department
Brian S. Childs .... propmaker
Randy L. Childs .... construction coordinator
Dan Colegrove .... general foreman (as Dan Colgrove)
John Herbert .... paint supervisor
W.D. Hogan .... storyboard artist (as David Hogan)
Robyn B. Holmes .... buyer
Cynthia Kershaw .... art department coordinator
Eric LaBonte .... props
Sean Lira .... set dresser
Gay Perello .... property master
Aaron Rodriguez .... stand-by painter (as Aaron G. Rodriguez)
Dori Hana Scherer .... art department assistant
Jefry Shebroe .... props
Jeffrey D. Stevens .... construction medic
Julie Witherington .... on set property master
Julie Witherington .... prop master
Sound Department
Kyle Billingsley .... foley mixer
Nick Carbone .... sound utility
Rene Defrancesch .... additional sound utility
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... supervising dialogue editor
John Guentner .... foley mixer
Kaspar Hugentobler .... sound re-recording mixer
Trevor Metz .... sound editor
Trevor Metz .... sound effects editor
Andrew Morgado .... foley/adr mixer
Nick Neutra .... foley supervisor
Benjamin Patrick .... sound mixer
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
John Ross .... sound re-recording mixer
Timothy P. Salmon .... boom operator
Scott Sanders .... supervising sound designer
Ken Strain .... boom operator
Noel Vought .... foley artist
Brian Wittle .... boom operator
James Wright .... dolby sound consultant (as Jim Wright)
Kevin Zimmerman .... first assistant sound editor
Kevin Zimmerman .... sound editor (as Kevin A. Zimmerman)
Special Effects by
Robert Cole .... special effects (as Robert M. Cole)
Donald Frazee .... special effects coordinator (as Don Frazee)
Scott Lingard .... special effects technician
Dave T. MacDonald .... special effects technician
Rick Monak .... special effects technician (as Richard M. Monak)
Visual Effects by
Jason Baldari .... digital compositor
J. David Everhart .... visual effects producer
David Karlak .... compositor: Go Blue VFX
Jason King .... compositor: Go Blue VFX
Aaron McLane .... digital artist: E3 Media
JJ Osbun .... visual effects artist
Jerad Riojas .... compositor: Go Blue VFX
John Ryan .... visual effects supervisor: E3 Media
Ronald San Augustin .... rotoscope artist: E3 Media
Dominic Soo .... compositor: Go Blue VFX
Elizabeth Willy .... compositor: Go Blue VFX
Ryan Wilmott .... compositor: E3 Media
Ryan Wilmott .... tracker: E3 Media
Ryan Wilmott .... visual effects
Matt Zell .... visual effects compositor
Damien Bray .... stunts
Stacey Carino .... stunt double: keira knightley
Shawn Crowder .... stunts
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunts
Erik Solky .... stunt double: steve carell
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt coordinator (as Gary Wayton)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jonathon Bradley .... chief lighting technician
Shane Buttle .... set lighting technician
Anthony Cady .... key grip (additional photography)
Matthew Coleman .... best boy electric
Ronald K. De torres .... set lighting technician
Tommy Donald .... grip
Adam C. Eichhorst .... a dolly grip
Derek Hackett .... second assistant camera
Bryan Hayes .... grip
Paul Horn .... camera operator: "b" camera
Alan Jacoby .... camera operator
Kyle Jewell .... first assistant "a" camera
Kyle Jewell .... steadicam focus puller
Benjamin Kilmer .... grip
Erica Kim .... electrician
David Leite .... grip
Darren Michaels .... specials photographer
Darren Michaels .... still photographer
John Scott Mills .... digital imaging technician
John Joseph Minardi .... key grip
Greg Mitchell .... video assist operator
Josh Novak .... loader
David Palmieri .... grip
Miguel Pask .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Matthew A. Petrosky .... camera operator: "a" camera
Matthew A. Petrosky .... steadicam operator
David Presley .... video assist
George Santo Pietro .... dolly grip
Tim Soronen .... rigging best boy
Tony Villalobos .... first assistant camera
David C. Wright .... best boy grip
Casting Department
Claire Benjamin .... extras casting
Chris Bustard .... extras casting
Jaime Harlan .... casting
Eve Streger .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Valentina Aulisi .... costumer: Steve Carell
Leighton Bowers .... assistant costume designer
Heidi Higginbotham .... costume supervisor
Dayna Pink .... costume designer: Steve Carell
Julie Shack .... costumer
Daphne Vardakis .... costumer
Gillian Zwick .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Joe Greenberg .... editorial department
Ryan Prouty .... colorist: dailies
Mark Sahagun .... digital intermediate editor
David Townsend .... post-production coordinator
Michael Underwood .... digital film colorist
Michael A. Webber .... additional film editor
Denise Woodgerd .... digital intermediate producer
John St. Laurent .... assistant dailies engineer (uncredited)
Music Department
Duncan Blickenstaff .... assistant to composers
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Neal Desby .... music consultant
Jessica Dolinger .... music license administrator
Kyle Hoffman .... assistant score engineer
Jon Mooney .... music editor
Satoshi Mark Noguchi .... score mixer
Satoshi Mark Noguchi .... score recordist
Lior Ron .... trailer composer
Edward Trybek .... music consultant
Transportation Department
Ernesto A. Luna .... driver: honeywagon
Michael Perrotti .... transportation coordinator
John Bojorquez .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Cassandra Barbour .... clearance
Armando Boquiren .... key assistant location manager
Joseph K. Borrelli .... first assistant accountant
Sue Chipperton .... dog trainer
Hailey Cho .... miscellaneous crew
Katie Christian .... assistant: Nathan Kahane
Sarah Clifford .... animal coordinator
Sarah Clifford .... dog trainer
Drew Maximillion Davis .... production assistant
Rustin Davis .... set production assistant
Akshay Dhalwala .... production assistant
Dani DuHadway .... accounting clerk
John Esparza .... production assistant
Mairead Gaffney .... set production assistant
Ray Gordon II .... set production assistant
Chuck Hurley .... assistant accountant
Paul Jaconi-Biery .... production coordinator
Emily Kacere .... assistant: Kelli Konop
Adam Keller .... assistant location manager
Melissa Lynn La Marr .... production assistant
Kym Langlie .... unit publicist
Eloy Lara .... key set medic
Gabriella Ludlow .... production legal
Kevin Maier .... stand-in: Steve Carell
Maggie Martin .... lead payroll accountant
Christie Mattull .... insurance services
Rob McEntegart .... executive vice president, business affairs: Mandate Pictures
Eric Petersen .... key assistant location manager
Samantha Silver Phillips .... production secretary (as Samantha Silver)
Jan Rudolph .... script supervisor
Laura Sevier .... clearance
Virginia Shearer .... assistant: director
Kelley Sims .... production accountant
Matt Sklar .... production assistant
Marco Solis .... wrangler: spider
Steve Stafford .... aerial coordinator
Joe Steele .... product placement
Jeffrey D. Stevens .... rigging medic
Heather Tyler .... post production accountant
Peter Vogel .... assistant production coordinator
Sylvia Johnson .... epk field producer (uncredited)
Robert Szanto .... office intern (uncredited)
Drew Barrymore .... special thanks
Katie Silberman .... special thanks (as Katherine Silberman)

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Rated R for language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence
101 min
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Penny, while escaping the apartment with a stack of record albums, the visible records change, at times you can see Lou Reed's "Coney Island Baby", John Cale's "Vintage Violence" and Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass' "The Beat of The Brass."See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[first lines]
Radio Announcer:OK, what we're getting now is - yes, they're saying it was in fact a fire that erupted inside the external tank of the ship, exactly ninety-eight seconds after it entered the asteroid field. No one is sure what caused the fire which led to the massive explosion...
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103 out of 129 people found the following review useful.
Watch this before it's too late, 7 October 2012
Author: SteveMierzejewski from Poland

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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