Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

June 22nd 2012
  • Comedy,
  • R,
  • 94 min,
  • Focus Features
  • Cast: Keira Knightley, Steve Carell, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody, Melanie Lynskey, Connie Britton, Patton Oswalt, T.J. Miller, William Petersen, Rob Corddry, Derek Luke, Mark Moses, Rob Huebel, Melinda Dillon, Marshall Manesh, Amy Schumer, Bob Stephenson, Jim O'Heir, Roger Aaron Brown, Leslie Murphy, Tonita Castro, Kasey Campbell, Steve Stafford, Vivian Smallwood, Laura Perloe, Gary J. Wayton, Trisha Gorman
  • Director: Lorene Scafaria
  • Writer: Lorene Scafaria
  • Producers: Steve Golin, Joy Gorman, Steven M. Rales, Mark Roybal
  • Co Producer: Kelli Konop
  • Executive Producers: Nicole Brown, Nathan Kahane
  • Art Direction: Cynthia Kershaw
  • Castings: Nicole Abellera, Jeanne McCarthy
  • Costume Design: Kristin M. Burke
  • D.O.P.: Tim Orr
  • Editor: Zene Baker
  • Makeups: David LeRoy Anderson, Peter Tothpal
  • Musics: Jonathan Sadoff, Rob Simonsen
  • Production Design: Chris L. Spellman
  • Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas


The end of the world nears from the impending doom of an asteroid crash. After his wife leaves him, a man called Dodge (Steve Carell) teams up with his longtime British neighbor Penny (Keira Knightley) to search for his old childhood sweetheart before the asteroid arrives, and the Earth meets its tragic ending.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence
  • Production Companies: Anonymous Content, Indian Paintbrush, Mandate Pictures
  • Production Schedule: May 2011 - July 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Playwright and "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" scribe Scarfaria makes her directorial debut on this apocalyptic comedic road trip film which features the decidedly unusual pairing of Keira Knightley and Steve Carrell.

Shot in Los Angeles early last Summer, the story has an extinction-level meteor shower headed for Earth and a man (Carrell) finding himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He ends up going on a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart with the help of a neighbour (Knightley) who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

The character piece is said to explore these two people who were trapped in unassuming mundane lives who suddenly find themselves living larger in these few days than they ever have before. Of course there's a bunch of colourful characters along the way played by the likes of William Petersen, Patton Oswalt, Connie Britton, Rob Corddry and Mark Moses.

Universal's prestige label Focus Features is releasing it in late Spring, not exactly a slot that shows a vote of confidence but it's the kind of film that could hold its own on the art house circuit while the early Summer blockbusters dominate the multiplexes."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 14 June 2012: Germany
  • 22 June 2012: Russia, USA
  • 19 July 2012: Hungary
  • 8 August 2012: Belgium, France
  • 24 August 2012: Brazil