Seeking a Friend For The End of The World is a cute romantic comedy that takes you on the journey of recent singleton, Dodge (Steve Carell). After learning that there are only three weeks left before the world is destroyed (by a seventy mile wide asteroid named Matilda), Dodge’s wife sees it as an opportunity to leave him.
As the time of the asteroid impact grows nearer Dodge finds himself continuing his every day life as an insurance man. The whole world around him is spiraling out of control – being reliant on drugs, having sex with anything with a pulse and erm…jumping from the tops of buildings, but Dodge remains himself, going to work, eating, visiting his friends and keeping his housekeeper, Elsa.
After spending an evening at a friend’s party Dodge reminisces about his high school love, Olivia and on getting home finds an emotional girl, his neighbour Penny (Keira Knightly) crying outside his window. She explains that she split up with her boyfriend (Adam Brody) because he made her miss a chance of seeing her family in the UK.
Returning with Penny to her flat, she hands him all of his post from the last few years and in-directly tells him that his wife was cheating on him. Depressed and angry Dodge overdoses in the park on cough medicine and window cleaner and wakes up to discover a note. The note says, ‘sorry’ and standing at his feet is a dog.
Heading home he discovers in his post, a letter from Olivia. Riots break out and Dodge, Penny’s boyfriends and Penny head out to escape the violence. Abandoning Penny’s boyfriend, Dodge and Penny drive away. It is then that Dodge decides he wants to find his high school love and Penny wants to go to see her family – they decide to take to the road together, along with the dog.
After a long adventure of suicidal truckers, going to jail, a restaurant orgy and an ex boyfriend with a military bunker, destiny helps Dodge realise that his time with Penny is destiny and his plans change. Deciding that Olivia should stay in the past and Penny is who he should focus on, they head to Dodge’s dads house to build bridges and use his aeroplane, so Olivia can see her family one last time, They have a great time catching up and Dodge’s dad fly’s penny to the UK to see her family. Dodge heads home to his flat, where Elsa his house keeper meets him and he sends her home.
With only a few hours left on the planet Dodge realises that he is in love with Penny. Will they meet again before the world ends or will Dodge be alone for eternity?
Words by Michelle Stannard