Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (2012)
GENRE: Comedy, Drama, Romance
DIRECTOR: Lorene Scafaria
WRITER: Lorene Scafaria
STARS: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley
PLOT: A 70-mile-wide asteroid is en route to Earth, and the last best attempt to counter it has failed. Also failing is the marriage of soft-spoken insurance salesman Dodge. Dodge is a man who has always played by the rules of life, while his neighbour Penny is an extroverted woman who hasn’t. When a riot breaks out around their apartment building, Dodge realises that he must seek his wife out before it’s too late while Penny makes the decision to spend her last days with family in England. On the road together, the unlikely traveling companions’ respective personal journeys accelerate, and their outlooks – if not the world’s – brighten.
I’m sure many will find it slow and over-sentimental, but if you take it as the popcorn it is intended to be then you will find a warm and amusing film. Carrell is great and Knightly for the most part is not too annoying at all. Suffers once again from American cinema’s obsession with marijuana, but on the whole a really enjoyable film with a great soundtrack.
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