As an asteroid hurtles toward Earth, a man takes off on a road trip to find his high-school sweetie.
" Like the romance it portrays, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is brief, sweet, funny and sad. "
" Carell and Knightley give it their bittersweet best. But I never rooted for them as a couple. And in a romance, even one with tragic notes, that really is the end of the world. "
" "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" has plenty of tonal problems -- given the concept, how could it not? -- but Carell's introspective, dryly funny performance is a consistent delight. "
" "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World'' has its laughs, but pretty much every single one of them is in the trailer. "
" Scafaria, who made such a splash with her cheeky screenplay adaptation of "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" in 2008, is simply over her head here. "
" The genuine sweetness of the friendship that develops between these two wins out over any of the movie's failings. "
" It's too bad the movie chose to go so gentle into that good night. "
" This is a romantic comedy for people who don't like rom-coms. There's no chance of a happy ending, but its tender mercies speak volumes. "
" Unsure whether it wants to be a quirky, sad-eyed indie pixie or a brassy, raunchy broad, it veers uneasily between the two, never quite settling into a comfortable or recognizable groove. "
" Seeking a Friend for the End of the World offers the beats of a series of bad news / worse news jokes. This is not necessarily a good thing. "
" While there are some amusing moments involving the film's stellar cast of second bananas, the "quirky" and utterly artificial love story at its center makes Armageddon feel like the preferable option. "
" One of the year's most emotionally affecting movies. "
" A movie that may be, in its own small, weird way, the most bizarrely bittersweet and oddly beautiful romance you've seen in quite awhile. "
" This is an exceedingly promising directorial debut for Scafaria, who adapted the winning romance Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. "
" The problem with this nice-try comedy is the nice-guy protagonist. "
" Steve Carell and Keira Knightley make for one of the most unlikely and yet one of the most touching romantic couples of the year. "
" Scafaria seems to get disoriented by her own scenario, boxing herself into an apocalypse whose initial absurdities feel so wonderfully right, but where to go from there? "
" "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," a half-tender portrait of two very lonely hearts in the closing weeks of humanity's run on Earth, is a strange movie. "
" It seems downright unfair that billions of people have to die so that a middle-aged sad sack can cop a cuddle with a cute, younger bohemian neighbor. "
" Though it's clear we're meant to be moved by the big finale, the sight of these two together is so unsettling it's hard not to start rooting for the asteroid. "
You know what you are in for when you sit down to watch a movie titled Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. There isn’t much left to the imagination there. Steve Carell plays Dodge, a man who is left by his wife when she runs away (literally) the moment the date for the end of the world is made public. As it turns out, she was all that he had. That is, until he meets his neighbor Penny, played by Keira Knightley. The two are opposites in about every way possible.
It begs the viewer to ponder the question: What would you do if you knew you only had a few weeks to live? The answers are numerous and varied in the movie. Some people are in complete denial. Some people turn to drugs — as is the case in an awkward scene that has adults trying heroin for the first time and allowing children to drink. There is everything from baptisms to assassinations in this movie. And therein lies one of the biggest issues for SAFFTEOTW, the film just tries too hard to fit too many scenarios in that it loses momentum and your connection to the main characters. Funny moments seem to be thrown in as an afterthought and only help to further derail the film. Funny for the sake of having something comedic, isn’t funny.
Steve Carell does play heavy-hearted almost as well as he does comedy. We know that from his roles in both Crazy, Stupid, Love and Dan in Real Life, both of which had audiences full of empathy for his characters. Keira Knightley is believable as the carefree younger girl who creeps her way into the hearts of all she meets. The acting from both of the leads is what you would expect from both a Golden Globe winner (Carell for The Office) and an Academy Award Nominee (Knightly for Pride and Prejudice). Despite that, the movie felt disjointed and a little confused. The filmmakers tried to fit too much into this movie and should have focused more on one tone overall.
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