"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" is a movie comedy, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, that takes audiences on a humorous, moving, and intimate journey against an epic backdrop of Earth's final days. The feature directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria ("Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist") is set in a too-near future where time at once stands still and is slipping away forever, the writer/director explores what people will do and how they will feel when humanity's end is near.

A 70-mile-wide asteroid is en route to Earth, and the last best attempt to counter it has failed. Also failing is the marriage of soft-spoken insurance salesman Dodge (Golden Globe Award winner Steve Carell); the breaking news that the world will end in an estimated 21 days cues his wife to leave him on the spot.

Dodge is a man who has always played by the rules of life, while his neighbor Penny (Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley) is an extroverted woman who hasn't. From these opposite perspectives, both initially choose to navigate the impending end of the world with blinders on. Dodge declines joining his friends in increasingly reckless behavior, while Penny fixates on her relationship issues with a self-absorbed musician.

The two misfits meet first when Penny has a rough night and then again when she belatedly delivers Dodge a lost letter. That letter could alter Dodge's future; it's from his high-school sweetheart Olivia, the love of his life. When a riot breaks out around their apartment building, Dodge realizes that he must seek Olivia out before it's too late while Penny makes the decision to spend her last days with family in England. Seizing the moment, Dodge promises to help Penny reach her family if she will provide transport for the two of them in her car immediately. She agrees, and they escape.

On the road together, the unlikely traveling companions' respective personal journeys accelerate, and their outlooks — if not the world's — brighten.

The cast includes Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Rob Corddry, Gillian Jacobs, Derek Luke, Melanie Lynskey, TJ Miller, Mark Moses, Patton Oswalt and William Petersen.

"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" is a Focus Features, Mandate Pictures, and Indian Paintbrush presentation of an Anonymous Content production. The movie is written and Directed by Lorene Scafaria. Producers are Steve Golin, Joy Gorman Wettels, Steven Rales and Mark Roybal; executive producers are Nathan Kahane and Nicole Brown; co-producers are Kelli Konop and Jeff Sommerville; and the line producer is Patty Long. Casting is by Jeanne McCarthy, CSA and Nicole Abellera. Music is by Rob Simonsen and Jonathan Sadoff. The crew includes music supervisor Linda Cohen, costume designer Kristin M. Burke, film editor Zene Baker, production designer Chris Spellman and director of photography Tim Orr.


Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 101 mins.
Release Date: June 22, 2012
Tagline: Nice knowing you.
Distributor: Focus Features
Production Companies:
Anonymous Content
Indian Paintbrush
Mandate Pictures

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