How It Ends (2021) Review & Trailer

How It Ends (2021)
How It Ends (2021)

Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones wrote, directed, and produced How It Ends, a comedy-drama film released in 2021. Lister-Jones, Cailee Spaeny, Olivia Wilde, Fred Armisen, Helen Hunt, Lamorne Morris, and Nick Kroll are among the cast members.

On January 29, 2021, the film made its international debut at the Sundance Film Festival. United Artists Releasing distributed it in the United States on July 20, 2021.

How It Ends (2021) Synopsis

Liza (Zoe Lister-Jones) goes on a humorous journey around LA in the hopes of making it to her last party before it all ends in this feel-good apocalyptic comedy, encountering a diverse cast of people along the way.

Movie Info

Directed by ·         Daryl Wein

·         Zoe Lister-Jones

Written by ·         Daryl Wein

·         Zoe Lister-Jones

Produced by ·         Daryl Wein

·         Zoe Lister-Jones

Cinematography ·         Daryl Wein

·         Tyler Beus

Edited by ·         Daryl Wein

·         Libby Cuenin

Music by Ryan Miller
·         American International Pictures

·         Mister Lister Films

Distributed by United Artists Releasing
Release date ·         January 29, 2021 (Sundance)

·         July 20, 2021 (United States)

Running time 82 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $16,104

How It Ends (2021)


  • Zoe Lister-Jones as Liza
  • Cailee Spaeny as Little Liza
  • Helen Hunt as Lucinda
  • Olivia Wilde as Alay
  • Fred Armisen  as Manny
  • Lamorne Morris as Larry
  • Nick Kroll  as Gary
  • Bradley Whitford  as Kenny
  • Logan Marshall-Green as Nate
  • Finn Wolfhard as Ezra
  • Whitney Cummings as Mandy
  • Tawny Newsome as Celine
  • Glenn Howerton  as John
  • Rob Huebel as Joe
  • Paul Scheer as Dave
  • Colin Hanks  as Charlie
  • Charlie Day as Lonny
  • Mary Elizabeth Ellis as Krista
  • Bobby Lee as Derek
  • Sharon Van Etten as Jet
  • Ayo Edebiri as Stand Up
  • Paul W. Downs as Sal
  • Angelique Cabral as Diaz
  • Raymond Cham Jr. as Breakdancer
  • Pauly Shore as himself


On January 29, 2021, the film made its international debut at the Sundance Film Festival. In March 2021, it will also be shown at South by Southwest. The film’s international distribution rights were bought by American International Pictures in May 2021, and it was scheduled for release in the United States on July 20, 2021.


The film has a 66 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 56 critic reviews with an average rating of 6/10. “It sometimes feels more like a collection of sketches than a coherent tale,” says the majority of reviews, “yet How It Ends is a comic vision of the apocalypse with fleeting moments of genius.”

How It Ends (2021)

How does the movie how it ends end?

The movie ends without informing us whether the volcanic gases catch up with them, if they die of starvation or a landslide, or if they manage to live. The producers apparently went with the thought flow that these tragic occurrences would leave you with no explanations, thus the film’s finale also leaves you hanging.

When did how it ends come out?

July 13, 2018

Where can I see how it ends?

How It Ends is now available to rent for $9.99 on iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, YouTube, Amazon, and other digital platforms. The movie is also available to rent through a variety of cable providers (Spectrum, DirecTV, Xfinity, etc)

How It Ends (2021)
How It Ends (2021)

How It Ends Release Dates

USA 29 January 2021 (Sundance Film Festival)
USA 18 March 2021 (South by Southwest Film Festival)
USA 16 May 2021 (Independent Film Festival Boston)
USA 17 June 2021 (Nantucket Film Festival)
USA 20 June 2021 (Provincetown International Film Festival)
USA 20 June 2021 (Tribeca Film Festival)
Canada 20 July 2021 (internet)
USA 20 July 2021
USA 20 July 2021 (internet)
Germany 12 August 2021

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