Thursday, June 21st, I saw a pre screening of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Mark Moses, Connie Britton, Rob Corddry, and more. As a member of the Dallas Film Society, I received an invitation to see this film at Studio Movie Grill the night before it was released in theaters Friday.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World centers around Dodge (Carell), a meek insurance salesman, who is dealing with the final days of earth. As an asteroid hurls towards the planet with only three weeks left for mankind, Dodge meets his neighbor, Penny (Knightley), and they travel around in search of Dodge’s high school sweetheart. Both being lonely, lost souls, with kind hearts, Dodge and Penny quickly develop a strong bond. This motion picture is extremely funny and emotional. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a dramatic and romantic comedy, which depicts the end of the world with a “throw caution to the wind” attitude, which understandably sets the screen for a few wild scenes with partying, drugs, and alcohol that are not suited for ages under 17. The film was given an R rating for language, sexual references, drug/alcohol use, and brief violence. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is the first major film directed by Lorene Scafaria, who also wrote “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”, and starred in several other films.
There is really not a lot to complain about in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. However, at times I felt lost due to the lack of character and story background, but the story came together very well in the end. In general, the movie was very entertaining, and the relationships between Carell and Knightley are very playful and natural. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World has a fairly typical romantic comedy feel, but it does not overwhelm you with romance. This feature film has a bit of dry humor but overall it keeps you laughing most of the time, even with the impending end of mankind. This movie is somewhat slow but is very relaxing and peaceful to watch. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a very refreshing movie. I would give this film a 7.5 out of 10 and recommend it to anyone who enjoys romantic comedies/dramas.
By: Hayden Pittman, Film Critic for YouPlusDallas
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