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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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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Brad Morris ... Radio Announcer

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 M. Rales .... producer
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)
Cynthia Kershaw .... art department coordinator
Eric LaBonte .... props
Sean Lira .... set dresser
Gay Perello .... property master
Aaron G. Rodriguez .... stand-by painter
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
Rob McEntegart .... executive vice president, business affairs: Mandate Pictures
Eric Petersen .... key assistant location manager
Jan Rudolph .... script supervisor
Laura Sevier .... clearance
Virginia Shearer .... assistant: director
Samantha Silver .... production secretary
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
Aspect Ratio:
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According to the expiration date on Linda's cough medicine, 2-12-21, which is a year after issue, the film takes place in the year 2020.See more »
Errors in geography: The movie is supposed to be set on the east coast of the US but it is clearly being shot in California.See more »
Penny:I don't want to fall asleep. Okay? Don't let me fall asleep. Promise.
Dodge:I promise. What about your parents?
Penny:They're romantics. They understand. Besides, they've got each other. I just want to be with you.
Dodge:And I want to be with you.
Penny:I couldn't live without you. No matter how long. What do we do now?
Dodge:I just want to lay here with you. Just want to talk to you.
Penny:Okay. What are we gonna talk about?
Dodge:Where'd you grow up?
Penny:Well, I was born in Surrey. My whole family are from there. My mum was a journalist before she married my dad. They never fought. Or at least we never heard them fight. Charlie's the oldest, then Benny, then me. We had a sister but she died when she was born. I still think about her.
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37 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Brace yourself for impact..., 13 October 2012
Author: Paul Magne Haakonsen from Denmark

Actually I had expected this to be somewhat more of a comedy, but it turned out to be a much better experience than just another average comedy. "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" turned out to be a very beautiful and emotional movie, with just a pinch of great comedy added to spice it up.

The story is about the end of days approaching as an asteroid is bound for Earth, and will destroy the planet upon impact. Dodge (played by Steve Carell) finds himself abandoned by his wife upon this news and tries to go on with his life for the last 21 days before the world comes to end. He gets acquainted with a downstairs neighbor, Penny (played by Keira Knightley) whom he haven't talked with for the past 3 years of living in the same apartment building. These two very different spirits end up on a road trip together to get Dodge to his high school girlfriend and get Penny aboard an airplane for Great Britain. Their journey proves to be more than life changing.

The storyline for "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" was really great, and bizarre wonderful in a weird way. There is this whole gloomy downtrodden feel to it as people are trying to cope with coming to terms with life ending within 3 weeks. But at the same time, there is such a strong emotional journey taking place as we follow Dodge and Penny on their path to their destinations. The movie is driven by great characters and by superb acting. There is just the right amount of absurd and dark comedy to this movie that helps build up the right atmosphere.

I was genuinely surprised by this movie. I knew that it wouldn't be a horrible movie, because Steve Carell usually delivers great performances and do good comedy. But his deliverance in this movie was just phenomenal. He was so well-cast for this movie. As was Keira Knightley, and their chemistry on the screen was just sizzling.

The movie also boasts some rather great cameo appearances, all of whom really helped adding to the movie, by actors and actresses such as Rob Corddry, Patton Oswalt, William Petersen and, of course, Martin Sheen.

"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" is a definite to-watch-movie for any movie aficionado, because it is very beautiful and moving in many ways. I am really happy that I sat down to watch this movie. And to top it off, this is the type of movie that leaves you with a parting gift, something to think about; what would you do if you only had 21 days left before the world ended?

Oh, and as a final note, if you are prone to tear in beautiful movies, you might keep a tissue at hand for the ending of this movie. Just a word of advice.

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