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"SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD"
(2012) (Steve Carell, Keira Knightley) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Heavy
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Heavy
Music (Scary/Tense) Moderate
Music (Inappropriate) Minor
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Mild
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Dramedy: A man and woman search for connection with others as they and everyone else face the literal end of the world.
PLOT:
With the last attempt to save humankind from a pending asteroid collision with Earth having failed, there are only three weeks left before the end of the world. Unlike his married friends Diane (CONNIE BRITTON) and Warren (ROB BORDDRY) who plan on partying till the end, insurance salesman Dodge (STEVE CARELL) has a more subdued reaction, especially since his wife has just left him.

While contemplating facing his extinction alone, he discovers his downstairs neighbor, Penny (KEIRA KNIGHTLEY), crying on the fire escape outside his window. She's just broken up with her live-in boyfriend, Owen (ADAM BRODY), and is distraught that she missed the last plane to England and thus has little chance to see her family one last time.

With a riot chasing them from their building, Dodge and Penny become unlikely traveling companions. Her quest is to help him reunite with his high school girlfriend, while he says he knows someone who has a plane that might be able to help her out. As they set out on those quests, they run into various interesting characters, such as Glen (WILLIAM PETERSEN) who wants an assassin to end his life; James Speck (DEREK LUKE), a military veteran who once dated Penny and wants her to join him in his well-stocked bomb shelter; and Frank (MARTIN SHEEN), a man who's known Dodge his entire life.

With the days counting down until the end, Dodge and Penny strive to find the special person or people to keep them company.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Those who are fans of anyone in the cast might want to see it, while the comedy-drama approach to the subject matter might possibly interest some teens.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence.


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