Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

In a too-near future, where time at once stands still and is slipping away forever, a 70-mile-wide asteroid is about to hit the Earth—ending life as we know it here—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. But as the journeys of Dodge and Penny converge, their outlooks—if not the world’s—brighten. R. 101 Min.

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