Seeking A Friend for the End of the World

Seeking A Friend for the End of the World

DVD - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2012
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9786314843731
6314843731
Branch Call Number: DVDC SEEKI
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791.43/72 23
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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andreajesse
Dec 23, 2017

This is really two movies. If you like darkly funny movies, you'll like the first part with cameos by the likes of Amy Schumer and Patton Oswalt who play characters making the most of a world that will soon end due to an impending asteroid collision - all bets are off where societal norms are concerned . Meanwhile, there is the morose Steve Carell character. He was already unhappy with his life, but now "kooky" Kiera Knightly has entered his life. Despite the great alliteration, Kiera Knightly is horribly miscast. She has too many serious, romantic , period piece movies under her belt to be considered at all kooky. The whole movie takes a turn for the worse as it tries to get all "messagey" at the end. It's not just a collision of asteroid and planet Earth, it's a collision of genres. Both are disastrous.

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greenbeans2
Jan 25, 2017

I like this movie, I was expecting a Surprise ending, I wont spoil it, but the ending was good. Maybe the couple was Odd.. but they were in the same boat together. Who is really going to look for their Perfect partner if you only have less than a month to live/love?
I have referred this movie to others. I would see it again.

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heavyd_1
Sep 09, 2015

sounds, like a really good movie, can't wait to see it.

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glenna14
Sep 06, 2015

Quirky. Not your typical End of the World movie. I was surprised with the ending because the movie was light hearted. A big disappointment is the perpetual age gap in male and female leads. I do like the dog's name though.

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danomcd
Jul 06, 2015

Sort of interesting story and the development of their relationship was good. BUT they really needed some sort of adversity or "foil" to play against - and no the end of the world and/or the stupid boyfriend(?) characters didn't work.

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JackPurcell
Jun 02, 2015

A nice smooth 21 days while earth waits for a 17 mile diameter asteroid to destroy all life. Nothing tragic here, everyone just treating it as we generally treat dying. Comes across and communicates the truth that death is about individuals, not about a species. That death comes and is naturally even if everyone experiences it at the same time.

ECiriello May 12, 2015

I liked this movie. Hard to picture Carrell and Knightley as a "couple", but hey, who knows what happens when the end is near? For an apocalyptic movie, it has its funny moments, but also sad and moving moments. It couldn't have ended any other way.

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

With a huge asteroid scheduled to destroy the Earth in three weeks' time, newly single and terribly lonely insurance salesman Dodge (Steve Carell, already limp and lifeless) has resigned himself to dying alone and unloved.  But when he crosses paths with brokenhearted downstairs neighbour Penny (Keira Knightley, aiming for quirky but settling for unbalanced) and abandoned mutt "Sorry" (best performance by far) his short life finds some meaning after all.  Both characters are searching for something to validate their existence---he wants to hook up with an old flame, she wants to reunite with her folks in England---and in the long, tedious road trip to nowhere which follows they discover that all they ever wanted is sitting right there in the seat beside them.  Lorene Scafaria's "End of Days" love story starts out with so much promise as we see society preparing for its impending demise with a mordantly amusing mix of despair, violence, and everyday banalities:  "Some upper level management positions have suddenly become available!" spouts a chipper HR rep at a sparsely attended staff meeting while bodies fall out of windows and buildings burn.  But in the end all we get is a standard, and oh so boring, romance populated by flat characters and the usual plot twists...Penny meets up with an ex while Dodge heals old wounds with his estranged father.  Furthermore, the abundance of illogical plot devices make the whole apocalyptic theme seem like a weak afterthought:  utilities and television broadcasts continue uninterrupted, "widespread" rioting seems limited to one city block, and in one completely nonsensical passage a trans-Atlantic flight aboard a two-seater Cessna is actually contemplated.  Doesn't even come close to the complexity of Don McKellar's far superior Last Night and by the end I found myself just wishing the damn asteroid would hurry up.  At least the classical rock soundtrack was easy on the ears.

lcrayton2477 May 19, 2014

If you knew the world would end in 21 days, how would you spend your last days on earth? Maybe you should get to know your neighbors, they could come in handy during the end of the world.

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abookandacuppa
Mar 01, 2014

Surprisingly poignant--I am very pleased I took the time to see this movie. It was not what I expected.

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yellow_wolf_187
Jan 02, 2017

yellow_wolf_187 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 3

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Monolith
Jul 30, 2013

Radio D.J.: "...Once again, if you're just tuning in, the C.S.A. space shuttle Deliverance has been destroyed. The final mission to save mankind has failed. The seventy mile wide asteroid known commonly as Matilda is set to collide with Earth in exactly three weeks time, and we'll be bringing you up-to-the-minute coverage of our countdown to the 'End of Days', along with *all* your classic rock favorites. This is Q107.2."

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