Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria (I did enjoy her writing of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist)

Written by: Scafaria

Starring: Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley are pretty much together onscreen for about two thirds of the movie, with brief appearances by Nancy Carrell, Patton Oswalt, Rob Corddry, Connie Britton, Melanie Lynskey, Rob Huebel, Mark Moses, Adam Brody, Amy Schumer, T.J. Miller, Gillian Jacobs, Jim O’Heir, Derek Luke, William Petersen, Bob Stephenson, and Martin Sheen.

What it’s about: after humanity’s last ditch attempt to stop an asteroid from hitting Earth fails, the population of the planet come to grips with their oncoming extinction

B-Movie Alternate Title: Soon! An Asteroid!

Movie Mash Up: Last NightDan in Real LifeNick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

What I liked: The human race reacting in many different ways to their upcoming end, sometimes in hilarious fashion, sometimes heart-wrenching.  Lots of great actors making appearances that are little more than cameos.  The fact that the movie delivers and there is no miracle savior of the planet.  A nice, bittersweet road movie.

What I disliked: I wasn’t a big fan of the coupling of Steve Carell and Knightley, though it was pretty much telegraphed from the start.  The entire movie seemed a bit too spot on, in my opinion.  Still enjoyable enough, though more of an independant hipster movie more than anything.

Would I recommend it to anyone?: Sure, but I’d clearly explain the premise right off the bat so they don’t go in thinking it’s fucking Armageddon or something.

Rating: 3.5 / 5


About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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