The Little Things That Annoy Me #742


So we’re watching the movie Seeking a Friend For the End of the World.  It’s an apocalyptic rom-com.  The world is going to end in three weeks and Steve Carell and Keira Knightley find each other and fall in love.  As they abandon their apartments (they’re neighbors) because the riots have spread to their neighborhood, she wants to grab some of her vinyl.  She’s supposed to be 28 years old but there’s lots of retro hippie stuff.  John Cale’s Vintage Violence gets prominently mentioned though later on, when they find a turntable, it seems that all she plays is Herb Alpert.  There’s even a scene where she lectures him on the importance of vinyl, how the heavier records sound better, and so on.

[Slight spoiler]

Later on they’re separated.  He goes back to her place.  He flips through her record collection and pulls out Scott Walker’s Scott (aka Scott 1).  He stares at the cover.  He flips the cover over.  I’m thinking to myself, “just play the damned record!”  (I’m always in the mood for Scott Walker.)  He puts the record on.  Yippee!  And what do we hear on the soundtrack?  The Walker Brothers.  The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore.

The song does set the right mood for that moment.  But I’m guessing it wouldn’t have been as cool to show the cover of a Walker Brothers’ album, so the director opted for cool over factual.

I tried explaining to my gf why this was all wrong.  She looked at me as if I was insane (as she often does).  And granted, maybe 1% of the people in the world who watch this movie will notice this error.  (Actually, someone already tagged this as a goof on IMDB.)

Didn’t quite spoil the film for me.  But still.


2 thoughts on “The Little Things That Annoy Me #742

  1. glenn

    That reminds me of the Kashmir/Led Zep IV goof in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I always wondered if that was a goof or if it was meant to show that Rat was too stupid to correctly follow Damone’s instructions about always playing side 1 of Led Zep IV on a date.

  2. Private Beach

    I’m one of the 1% that would notice that one. But some of the errors people spot and post on IMDB are so inconsequential that you wonder if they actually watch the movie for pleasure or just to analyse it.

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