Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Last-minute life lessons in poignant romantic dramedy.

R 2012 101 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 10 reviews

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age 12+
age 15+

Completely unexpected existential dramedy blew me away

Between "Foxcatcher," "The Office," and now "Seeking," my respect for Steve Carell's range is huge. He meets somewhere in the middle here as Dodge, a kind of loser insurance salesman who isn't sure what to do with himself as the world's ending. He's not interested in sleeping with as many women as he wants or burning houses and killing people...he just wants to find the love of his life. Will he? You should answer that question by checking this movie out. He and Knightley's chemistry is dazzling, and the great script by Lorene Scafaria not only answers fun hypotheticals like "What would you do with only 21 days left on Earth?" and the debauchery that follows, but also real, probing questions that hit me like an early mid-life crisis! Though the subject matter is depressing (and there's no deus ex machina from the inevitable meteor) it truly gets you thinking about what's important in your life: who would you wanna talk to if you knew everyone was going to die? Hugely overlooked and well worth your time: it's not a hilarious, wacky comedy: more a quieter, contemplative dramedy.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Movie Details

  • In theaters: June 22, 2012
  • On DVD or streaming: October 23, 2012
  • Cast: Keira Knightley, Steve Carell
  • Director: Lorene Scafaria
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • Genre: Romance
  • Run time: 101 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence
  • Last updated: November 17, 2022

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