Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
So much of the drama we respond to, from the heart, depicts ordinary flawed women and men navigating serious adversity or breaking through a wall of grief. And they are improved; their lives, their futures, are more connected and whole than before.
These stories are extremely difficult to write, and act, and direct, and sell to a summer crowd more interested in something with either zebras or lasers. For one thing, there's a vaguely icky pitfall: When things aren't quite right with the tone or the scale of the story, you end up with "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," which inadvertently processed the events of
"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker
Scafaria's intention, I think, was different: to pose to the audience the simplest of all questions. What would you do in such a dire situation, with 21 days left on the clock? Set sort of in the present but a little bit in the future, "Seeking a Friend" finds insurance salesman Dodge (Carell) going through his paces even after the asteroid's imminent arrival has been confirmed. He works the phones in his increasingly desolate office building, offering the "Armageddon package" to policyholders. His wife, played in a brief bit by Carell's real-life spouse,
In the final weeks, the world goes crazy. Some kill themselves, or turn their social lives into a desperate last-chance orgy. (
Thus begins the road trip for Dodge and Penny. The highlight, for us, at least, is a stop at a
What it doesn't have is a way of making sense of its comic and dramatic strains, together, in the same movie. Carell and Knightley work hard to bring life and truth to each stage of a dawning friendship. By the end, though, Dodge and Penny have had one too many affirming encounters that feel engineered, not lived.
MPAA rating: R (for language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence).
Running time: 1:41.
Credits: Written and directed by
"Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World" Movie Trailer
<< RETURN TO MOVIE REVIEWS ...
Recent Movie Reviews - Films in Theaters
- Magic Mike
- To Rome With Love
- People Like Us
- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
- Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
- Dark Horse
- Rock of Ages
- Safety Not Guaranteed
- That's My Boy
- Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
- Peace, Love and Misunderstanding
- Snow White and the Huntsman
- Moonrise Kingdom
- Men in Black 3
- The Dictator
- What to Expect When You're Expecting
- Why Sad Movies Make You Happy
- Dark Shadows
- Sound of My Voice
- The Avengers
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- The Pirates! Band Of Misfits
- The Raven
- Darling Companion
- Think Like a Man
- The Lucky One
- The Three Stooges
- The Cabin in the Woods
- The Cabin in the Woods
- American Reunion
Copyright © 2012 Tribune Media Services, Inc.