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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
Nathan Kahane .... executive producer
Kelli Konop .... co-producer
Patty Long .... line producer
Steven Rales .... producer (as Steven M. Rales)
Mark Roybal .... producer
Joy Gorman Wettels .... producer (as Joy Gorman)
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)
Nancy Parker .... foley artist (uncredited)
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
Stacey Carino .... stunts
Shawn Crowder .... stunts
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunts (as Eddie Fernandez)
Ming Freeman .... stunts
Jimmy Gorecki .... stunts (as James Gorecki)
John Moio .... stunts
Erik Solky .... stunts
Monica Staggs .... stunts
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt coordinator (as Gary Wayton)
Shane Wayton .... stunts
Damien Bray .... stunts (uncredited)
Stacey Carino .... stunt double: keira knightley (uncredited)
Erik Solky .... stunt double: steve carell (uncredited)
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)
Location Management
Armando Boquiren .... key assistant location manager
Adam Keller .... assistant location manager
Eric Petersen .... key assistant location manager
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
Ashley Beveridge .... production assistant
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
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
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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Steve Carell and Nancy Carell, who play husband and wife briefly in this film, are husband and wife in real life.See more »
Continuity: When they are eating at Olivia's parents' house, the position of Dodge's fork changes position.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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183 out of 222 people found the following review useful.
Impending Doom With a Side of Honey, 21 June 2012
Author: D_Burke from United States

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.

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