Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

Starring: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Martin Sheen, Adam Brody, Rob Corddry, Derek Luke, Melanie Lynskey, William L. Peterson, Patton Oswalt

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria

R. 101 mins

A bizarre tale with a bittersweet romance that could only succeed in the hands of the two leads. Lorene Scafaria (writer of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist) brings us this odd rom-com, set in the not-too-distant future, in which Dodge (Carell) and Penny (Knightley) find friendship amongst the carnage of the impending apocalypse. Much like Scafaria’s previous effort, there is a ‘cool’ soundtrack and some witty dialogue which make the seemingly bleak story actually quite enjoyable to watch. Unfortunately, the odd mix of genres will prove troublesome for many and it often feels like there is two movies in one. What begins very well, ends up chugging along into a seemingly pointless road-trip. Thankfully, Scafaria shows some real talent and the performances make for some welcome company in these final days on Earth. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is not as funny, or even as emotionally dense as I had hoped, but that shouldn’t diminish the tremendous charm found in this melancholic mishmash – * * 1/2


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