MOVIE REVIEW: “SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD”

Posted by    |    June 22nd, 2012 at 3:11 pm

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 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

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.

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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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  1. David Murray says:

    Have not seen this movie yet, but really enjoyed the review. I love Steve Carell from the office and Keira Knightley is gorgeous. I am curious if you base your rating scale off of anything or how do you figure it out? Also, are you going to only do one movie a week and how do you pick your movie? Thanks!

  2. Hayden Pittman says:

    Rating movies is tough. I have always considered myself to be sympathetic when rating movies and find myself justifying certain aspects of the film. I would give Avatar, Inception,The Dark Knight, the Lord of the Ring series, Star Wars, The Matrix, Fight Club, The Godfather, and other movies (depending on how far your going back), a 9-10 rating as the best movies of all time. I try and look at movies currently out right now and weigh the film I am reviewing against it’s competition and previous films. I could have given Prometheus a much lower rating, but Seeking a Friend for the End of the World was a very pure, genuine, funny movie and deserved at least a 7-8. Also, I am starting with one review a week and choosing popular/blockbuster/heavily marketed films for review. If time allows I would like to do more reviews more often. Thanks

  3. emma cooper says:

    Saw the movie last night. Yeah, Steve Carell is back again in another character you can’t help but root for!!!! I will say that the whole theme of the movie was depressing. I found myself laughing fewer times as the movie progressed.Parts of the movie and chemistry between Carell and Knightely really grabbed at my heart. I’m a real deep thinker and religious, and I liked the question of how you would embrace knowing you were getting ready to see God. Don’t know what others think but part of me would be afraid and the other part excitement. Sorry to get so deep but the movie is a bit serious even with Steve Carell in it.

  4. Ann Parker says:

    My sister saw this movie yesterday. She said she was glad she only paid the matinee. price because it was a real downer. I had high hopes for this one. There have been so many movies about the end times but this one I thought might be hilarious with Steve Carell. Not so she said. She suggested I wait till it comes out on cable. I like movies to make me laugh or cry but not leave me just feeling depressed.

  5. Hayden Pittman says:

    I can understand how someone might feel depressed watching this movie, but I thought it was a very well put together movie with a good amount of humor. The humor was a bit dry and reached at times to make you laugh, but I thought it actually got funnier as the movie progressed. Just looking at Steve Carell makes me laugh and the chemistry between Carell and Knightley was very pleasant. If you don’t go to movies a lot, this one may not be a good choice as your movie of the month. Definitely should see the movie at some point though. Everyone has their own opinion of movies, and some people don’t care to see anything too religious or heavy on sci-fi, fantasy, fiction, and so on. Thanks for your comments.

  6. Pete Bandera says:

    I would have to agree with you Hayden. I saw this film over the weekend with my family, and there a few mixed feelings. Personally I very much enjoyed the film. I did expect it to be funnier, but it walks a fuzzy line between comedy/drama/romance, neither of the 3 being very heavy. I am not sure if from a guy’s perspective it was better. My wife didn’t like it as much as I did. Not a standout movie but definitely a good one!

  7. Mark Maynard says:

    Honestly, I thought the movie sucked. It was so depressing! Are you kidding me, the end of the world and everyone dies. How could you ever make that not an ending from hell. Even Steve Carell couldn’t carry it off even though he usually does for me. Sorry, but give me a break and really critique it. Movies cost way too much to be throwing it away on a 7.5 rating. Be a little harsher next time!

  8. Hayden Pittman says:

    Mark, thank you for your honestly. It is hard to get people to really say what they feel sometimes, especially if it is negative. Personally, I see it as constructive criticism. Anyways, I believe we have a difference in opinion regarding this movie. I did not focus on the end of the world part of the story; I focused on the characters and what was happening in the moment. You are definitely not the only person to tell me that they were saddened by the ending. As I mentioned in a previous comment, I can be very sympathetic to certain movies. In my opinion, aside from the ending, this movie was very warm and refreshing to watch. Carell and Knightley played very good roles and the movie made me laugh a lot. There are some very cynical people out there who tear apart everything a movie has to offer. I look at films and try to find the positive aspects unless something really bothers me. I gave this film a 7.5 because I had given Prometheus a 7, and I enjoyed this movie much more than Prometheus. There are tons of movies made every year, costly or not, and this movie was somewhat different than most of the large films we are used to. Everyone has their opinion, and I enjoyed this movie. Seeing a movie should be fun; in my opinion there is no reason to get caught up in the little things. Thanks for your comment!

  9. Joe Goldstein says:

    I thought the movie was well acted but was disappointed with the ending. I am not a big fan of the world getting blown up by an asteroid.

  10. Lucy West says:

    Read your review yesterday about this movie after taking your advice last time to see “Prometheus” and really enjoying it! I saw this movie this afternoon and I pretty much got the same impression you did. I enjoyed the feel of the movie and thought it was overall pretty entertaining. I liked the romance and chemistry between the characters and I have always been entertained by Steve Carrell! Thanks for the review….im really enjoying your suggestions and reflections on these movies!

  11. Hayden Pittman says:

    Joe, Lucy, thank you for your comments. I am glad to see you enjoyed the movie. I understand the ending can be a bit disturbing, but this is what makes the movie so unique. I am thinking about doing my next review this weekend on “Ted” with Mark Walberg and Mila Kunis. Glad to see you are enjoying the reviews!

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1637725/

  12. Hayden Pittman says:

    For anyone interested in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” starring Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, and Michael Caine, I have received an invitation from Warner Bros to see a pre screening of this film on July 17th, 2012. This film will be released July 20th, and I will have a review published by the morning on this day. Thanks for all your support and comments!!

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1345836/