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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 2012

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There are 21 days left until the end of the world. Meek salesman Dodge has been suddenly deserted by his wife and now has no idea how to spend his last remaining days. When a riot breaks out around his building, Dodge escapes in the car of his extraverted neighbour Penny.

Starring:
Brad Morris, Steve Carell
Runtime:
1 hour, 37 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Lorene Scafaria
Starring Brad Morris, Steve Carell
Supporting actors Nancy Carell, Mark Moses, Roger Aaron Brown, Rob Huebel, Trisha Gorman, Keira Knightley, Adam Brody, Tonita Castro, Leslie Murphy, Connie Britton, Rob Corddry, Kasey Campbell, Melanie Lynskey, Vince Grant, Amy Schumer, Patton Oswalt, Marshall Manesh, Aleister
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: Blu-ray
I originally thought that this was a comedy. There are one or two scenes which contain black comedy, but it's more about human feelings and the way we deal with other people in times of crisis.

The plot is that life as we known it is coming to an end. There is no escape, we are all going to die. How would you deal with it?

I won't spoil what is a brillant peice of cinema and by the end you truly relate to the characters as doom approaches.

Wonderful film. Highly recommended.
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Format: Blu-ray
An asteroid named "Matilda" is on a collision course towards Earth and in three weeks the world will come to an absolute end.

One man decides to spend his time searching for his long lost love from high school during the coming catastrophe...

The first thing one would imagine with an end of the world movie with Steve Carrell starring would be 'hilarious'.

Think again. Many say that this was a huge flop, look at the budget.

It's a kooky movie, just like Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist, and the reason the film works is the subject matter and the realism of the two main characters.

Sure they both have traits, but be honest, would you really act 'normal' if the apocalypse was around the corner? The film is split into several chapters, starting off melancholic, then to panic, realisation, kooky and then back to realisation.

The groups or people we bump into depict the chapters. When we meet Cordroys group, this is the panic moment of the movie, and when we reach the diner, it's kooky.

It never really tears away from the kookiness throughout the film, and this benefits the grim subject matter.

Knightley and Carrell are great as the two leads, and the supporting cast are just as good.

The film really come into its own though when we meet Sheen and he acts everyone off the screen. The ten minutes he is in the film is the best part and it really hits the nail on the head of the whole films message.

Lifes too short.

A lovely movie, with a very sobering, but happy ending.
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Format: DVD
I wasn't sure what to expect when I began watching this film recently. Steve Carrel from the American Office and Date Night etc starring so I figured a comedic element of sorts and the very versatile and so demure Miss Knightley together with a splash of the ever excellent Martin Sheen and William Petersen albeit very briefly combine to make one of the best and hugely enjoyable bitter-sweet, black-comedy, tear-jerkers of all time. I honestly haven't had that "lump in my throat" sensation since Ghost (1990) and as other commenters have posted that this film cleverly steers away for the most part from the science and technical aspect of an end-of-the-world, asteroid-on-a-collision-path-with-earth scenario we feel we are amongst real people who we could all know and like who are themselves absolutely helpless in their potential doom and facing an impossible situation with no escape and the decisions good or bad for their final days on earth which they make we can only draw smiles and tears from. The fantastic soundtrack in this film really completes the package. If you don't watch another film in 2013 please see this one! 10/10
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Was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this film. Steve Carell and Keira Knightley seem a very unlikely pairing but it works. Carell's portrait of Dodge's shift from melancholia to the purest joy is understated and believable. Knightley is clearly comfortable in her role as Penny and she sparkles all the way through the film.

Other films which have dealt with this particular type of apocalyptic event always seem to focus on the scientists and the military actions, or on the individual who made the discovery. I like how this film id so different, it's not the Hollywood "let's save the planet from annihilation" pony... we don't see actors bouncing around pretending to be on asteroids or space ships. Those characters have already been killed off in the first scene. This film is all about the people on the ground, the people who are watching, the people who are waiting.

But then I'm the kind of person who got to the end of watching "Independence Day" and thought "Now who's going to clean all those crashed space ships up..?"
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Format: DVD
This film is a comedy/drama about the road trip taken by an insurance agent and his much younger neighbour to reunite him with his first love before the world ends (the Armageddon/Deep Impact heroics haven't succeeded and that asteroid is going to hit us). He takes the dog that had recently been dumped on him, and she takes her favourite l.p's and off they go, getting into scrapes and adventures on the way. The l.p's are a very important part of the story as they provide the soundtrack to their journey, to be honest they made the film. The scene where Herb Alpert's This Guys In Love With You plays in the background brought as lump to my throat.
It has some great funny moments as well, the dinner party scene especially is hilarious.
I must admit I've never been a huge fan of either Steve Carrell or Keira Knightley but both are excellent in this enchanting story.
When we first saw the trailer we thought this would be worth a watch, it was a great feeling to come out of the cinema totally surprised by how much we loved it.
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