Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World is the latest in a series of comedy films that focus on the world coming to a destructive end. With talents like Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley, what could go wrong?
The end of the world is coming in three weeks. Dodge Peterson is abandoned by his wife. He watches as people riot, consume drugs and alcohol, party hard, and he refuses to participate in any of it. He begins to reminisce about his high school sweetheart. During that time, he meets his downstairs neighbor Penny who has a sleeping disorder. When she falls asleep, nothing can wake her for hours. After some tension, she angrily leaves her boyfriend after he forces her to miss the last opportunity to see her family in England.
Penny and Dodge befriend one another and decide to go out on a journey to find Dodge’s lost love. They are hoping to find a way home for Penny.
Director Lorene Scafaria tells the story with humor, sadness, and a little bit of joy. Steve Carell and Keira Knightley had great chemistry together. Their comedic timing and dialogue put a great twist in the film. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the movie. It is probably my favorite out of the “end of the world” comedy movie craze. While the others focus on debauchery and chaos, this film focuses on humor.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: This is not a kids movie. It’s got drug, alcoholic, and is melodramatic. It features several sexual overtones that are meant for adults.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Don’t let me fall asleep.
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- Steve Carell as Dodge Petersen
- Keira Knightley as Penelope “Penny” Lockhart
- William Petersen as Glenn
- Melanie Lynskey as Karen Amalfi
- Adam Brody as Owen
- Tonita Castro as Elsa
- Mark Moses as Anchorman
- Derek Luke as Alan Speck
- Connie Britton as Diane
- Patton Oswalt as Roache
- Rob Corddry as Warren
- Rob Huebel as Jeremy
- Gillian Jacobs as Katie
- T.J. Miller as Darcy
- Amy Schumer as Lacey
- Jim O’Heir as Sheriff
- Martin Sheen as Frank Petersen
- Nancy Carell as Linda Petersen
- Roger Aaron Brown as Alfred
This article has been updated from a previous version.