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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

If only it had ended sooner Read full review

2.0

Grae Drake Profile

Seeking Coherence for the Tone of This Film Read full review

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  • 3.0
    59

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    With its sharp script and bittersweet humor, the audacious premise feels fresh enough to earn a large word-of-mouth audience among moviegoers who would normally avoid a more conventional rom-com, potentially becoming a left-field breakout hit in the mode of "Juno" or "Little Miss Sunshine."

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    In our summertime-movie world of aliens and superheroes who look all too familiar, Dodge and Penny look all the rarer in their precious humanity.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 17+

Last-minute life lessons in poignant romantic dramedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a low-key romantic dramedy set during the last few weeks on Earth before an asteroid hits. As characters try to figure out how to cope and identify what matters most to them, there's a fair bit of uninhibited behavior, from excessive drinking to drug use (cocaine, heroin, weed) to casual sex and desperate hook-ups. That said, the movie's focus is much less on that reaction to the end of the world and much more on finding clarity and peace. Two characters have sex (nothing sensitive shown), and many others talk about sex or make sexual advances. Strong language includes "f--k" and "s--t"; violence includes two suicides (one direct and one via hired assassin) and rioting. Despite all this -- and the general sense of bleakness/despair underlining everything -- Seeking a Friend is actually very sweet and romantic.

  • Families can talk about how Seeking a Friend for the End of the World depicts people's end-of-days behavior. How does their looming fate impact characters' behavior? Does it seem believable/realistic? What do you think you might do in that situation?
  • How do you think the movie might have been different if the world were ending through nuclear war or climate meltdown, rather than a runaway asteroid?
  • Are the characters role models? Are they intended to be?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Although the movie presents a pretty bleak situation, the end of the world forces characters to find a certain purity and clarity in their lives. They must find the thing or person they love best to spend their final days with. Some characters struggle with discovering just what that thing is, while others try to find hope in possible survival. Ultimately, love, companionship, and acceptance are valued above all else.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Dodge has mostly drifted through life without taking chances or doing what he really wanted. But over the course of the movie, he learns to live, rather than avoid, the moments as they come. He learns to think selflessly, to take chances, and to grant (and accept) forgiveness. Penny is sometimes flighty, irresponsible, and overly impulsive, but she means well, and she clearly has a warm, loving heart.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A friendly truck driver thinks Dodge has been sent to kill him (people are hiring assassins to take them out before the end of the world). Shortly after, the driver is abruptly (and shockingly) killed by a single bullet; some blood is shown, and a dead body. Crowds riot, setting fires and causing destruction to people and property; there are gunshots and glimpses of dead bodies. A suicidal man falls on a car without warning (broken glass, a little blood). One character has a bunker full of weapons (and other survival gear). Occasional arguing, and a general sense of peril/despair.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Two characters have sex fairly early in the movie. Nothing besides kissing is shown, but they talk about it afterward. A character's wife tries to seduce Dodge, but he rebuffs her. In a diner, friendly waitresses and waiters make out with each other and with the main characters; it's implied that an orgy is about to begin. A woman flirts heavily with Dodge, but he isn't interested. Additional kissing.

  • language false4

    Language: Strong language includes fairly frequent use of words like "f--k" (written and spoken in various forms), "s--t," "d--k," "p---y," "oh my God," "a--hole," "damn," "dammit," "oh my God," and "tw-t."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Coke products are seen a few times; also Colgate, Dunkin' Donuts, ESPN, and some car models (notably Smart Car).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults drink heavily and do drugs (cocaine, heroin) at a debauched "end of the world" party. They're seen roaring drunk and/or high, and they urge kids to try the substances, too. Dodge drinks cough syrup with codeine over several scenes early on, to the point of drunkenness. Penny smokes marijuana to both help her get to sleep and to wake up. Some cigarette smoking as well.

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