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Seeking A Friend for the End of the World

(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Seeking A Friend for the End of the World
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As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

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Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and Melanie Lynskey


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Dec 05, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

With a huge asteroid scheduled to destroy the Earth in three weeks' time, newly single and terribly lonely insurance salesman Dodge (Steve Carell, already limp and lifeless) has resigned himself to dying alone and unloved.  But when he crosses paths with brokenhearted downstairs neighbour Penny (Keira Knightley, aiming for quirky but settling for unbalanced) and abandoned mutt "Sorry" (best performance by far) his short life finds some meaning after all.  Both characters are searching for something to validate their existence---he wants to hook up with an old flame, she wants to reunite with her folks in England---and in the long, tedious road trip to nowhere which follows they discover that all they ever wanted is sitting right there in the seat beside them.  Lorene Scafaria's "End of Days" love story starts out with so much promise as we see society preparing for its impending demise with a mordantly amusing mix of despair, violence, and everyday banalities:  "Some upper level management positions have suddenly become available!" spouts a chipper HR rep at a sparsely attended staff meeting while bodies fall out of windows and buildings burn.  But in the end all we get is a standard, and oh so boring, romance populated by flat characters and the usual plot twists...Penny meets up with an ex while Dodge heals old wounds with his estranged father.  Furthermore, the abundance of illogical plot devices make the whole apocalyptic theme seem like a weak afterthought:  utilities and television broadcasts continue uninterrupted, "widespread" rioting seems limited to one city block, and in one completely nonsensical passage a trans-Atlantic flight aboard a two-seater Cessna is actually contemplated.  Doesn't even come close to the complexity of Don McKellar's far superior Last Night and by the end I found myself just wishing the damn asteroid would hurry up.  At least the classical rock soundtrack was easy on the ears.

May 19, 2014
  • lcrayton2477 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

If you knew the world would end in 21 days, how would you spend your last days on earth? Maybe you should get to know your neighbors, they could come in handy during the end of the world.

Mar 01, 2014
  • abookandacuppa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Surprisingly poignant--I am very pleased I took the time to see this movie. It was not what I expected.

Feb 08, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Funny, sweet and sad movie.

Jan 16, 2014, I've had this movie checked out for quite a while, and I kept passing it over for others on my list. Well tonight was the night for it to get watched, and as I had had a big day, I fell asleep after the first 10 min. Woke up about an hour later, and watched the end of the movie, and liked it so much, I started it over to watch from the beginning. Don't get me wrong, it's not soooo great that I would normally watch it twice, but it was good enough to spend an evening of just chillin' with. I just liked the characters, (I'm not a big Steve Carrel fan, that would be my son, but I thought he played this part really well,) and the ending was lovely too. Oh, I just scrolled down, and read the other comments. I see there is a common theme here, people not really "Steve C" fans, but liking him in this one! One more thing.....the music in this film was a great flashback for me to my youth. (I'm 55) Loved it, that was a great touch, and probably the main reason I watched the 2nd half two times.

Nov 13, 2013
  • AFlora rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This was one of the most depressing movies I've ever seen. I see the heart and the romance was interesting, but I came away from the movie barely having smiled, and like I said, totally depressed.

Nov 10, 2013
  • Frank60 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sweet movie with a lot of heart. Definitely a chick flick rather than an action packed adventure. A lot more depth than I expected. I finally found a Steve Carell movie I liked. Surprise!!

Sep 26, 2013
  • rslade rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Oddly sweet, for a story about the end of the world. OK, for the zombie apocalypse types, there are no major scenes of blood and gore. It's a romantic comedy about the end of all life as we know it. Possibly unrealistic in places, but, hey, it's a movie, remember? Great date night movie.

One of the worst movies I have seen. Really really bad.
For the life of me I cannot understand how those two good actors have agreed to play in this film. Save your self a few hours and go watch something else.

Aug 14, 2013
  • neonkc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

good

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Jul 30, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Radio D.J.: "...Once again, if you're just tuning in, the C.S.A. space shuttle Deliverance has been destroyed. The final mission to save mankind has failed. The seventy mile wide asteroid known commonly as Matilda is set to collide with Earth in exactly three weeks time, and we'll be bringing you up-to-the-minute coverage of our countdown to the 'End of Days', along with *all* your classic rock favorites. This is Q107.2."

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