Here’s a guide to the soundtrack of Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World. Following his departure from The Office, Steve Carell starred in an eclectic mix of movies, including Hope Springs and The Way, Way Back. Another was 2012’s Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, about a man named Dodge whose wife immediately leaves him once they learn a huge asteroid will destroy the planet within weeks. He teams up with British neighbor Penny (Keira Knightley) to go on one last road trip before the world ends, and they soon fall for one another.
Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World was directed by Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), and outside of the lead actors it has a great supporting cast, including Connie Britton, Patton Oswalt, Gillian Jacobs and William Petersen. The movie didn’t do great business during its theatrical run, though it received decent reviews for its performances and providing a different angle to the typical end of the world movie.
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Lorene Scafaria was inspired to write Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World from Chris Cornell song “Preaching The End Of The World,” so it makes sense the movie is quite musically minded. Here’s a rundown of every song on the official soundtrack.
- Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys
- Devil Inside – INXS
- The Air That I Breathe – The Hollies
- Dance Hall Days – Performed by Wang Chung
- The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore) – The Walker Brothers
- Sex Tourists – French Kicks
- Ooh – Scissor Sisters
- Set Adrift On Memory Bliss – PM Dawn
- Stay With Me Baby – The Walker Brothers
- This Guy’s In Love With You – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
- In The Time Of My Ruin – Frank Black
- Dodge Walks Home/The Beach – Jonathan Sadoff & Rob Simonsen
Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World features a lot of classics, including “The Air That I Breathe” by The Hollies and Wang Chung’s “Dance Hall Days.” Given the subject matter its almost a surprise REM’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” isn’t on the soundtrack too – but then that would have been a little on the nose. Speaking of which, the trailer for the movie also features Talking Heads gem “Road To Nowhere.”
In addition to directing, Lorene Scafaria is an occasional actress and has played roles in movies like Coherence. She plays a key, mostly unseen role in Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World as Olivia, the lost love Dodge sets out on his road trip to find. Olivia is only ever seen in photographs, however, and never appears onscreen.