What are you doing with the rest of your life?

A new romantic comedy poses an apocalyptic question.

“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” brings together an unlikely pair (Steve Carell and Keira Knightley) as they spend their final three weeks on Earth.

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Keira Knightley and Steve Carell play an unlikely pair thrown together by circumstance in Lorene Scafaria’s “Seeking a Friend For the “End of the World.”

Photo courtesy of Focus Features/Darren Michaels

MPR’s Euan Kerr reports that while the movie is a romantic comedy, it also asks some serious questions, including ‘what do you do when it’s only three weeks to the end of the world?’

[Director Lorene] Scafaria said while writing the script she posed that question to many people and got answers profound and mundane. She wants the film to spur further conversation.

“I hope this movie doesn’t bring about some divorces or anything like that,” she laughed. “But at the same time, part of it really is about are you the person you want to be and are you with the person you want to be with?”

She said the film was inspired partly by a co-worker who told Scafaria that when faced with the apocalypse he would go in search of a high school girlfriend that he now knew was the love of his life.

MPR also asked listeners the same question, and Euan Kerr brought their responses to Scafaria:

To Minneapolis resident Jodie Ebert’s response, “I would quit working, spend time with my family, and also go to a park, lay back and look at the clouds,” Scafaria says it’s wonderful – but why wait for a disaster?

“I mean why not go right now? Go lay in the park and look up at the sky? It doesn’t have to be falling, I think,” Scafaria said.

You can find out more about the movie, and read other people’s responses to Scafaria’s question here.

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