Watched Jun 21, 2012
Matt Shiverdecker’s review:
Lorene Scafaria previously adapted the screenplay for Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and she proves that she is also skilled behind the camera with her debut feature film. If you've seen the commercials on TV, just know that the marketing is misleading. Those expecting a standard comedy starring that guy they loved from The Office are probably going to walk away disappointed. For those who are willing to dig a little deeper, you're going find one of the more unique love stories in recent memory. All that is required from you is, perhaps, a little bit of suspension of disbelief.
Steve Carell plays an insurance salesman named Dodge. His wife (played by his actual wife Nancy Carell) literally runs away from him the moment they hear on the radio that an asteroid is headed for earth and everyone is expected to die in the next 21 days.
Keira Knightley plays Penny. She lives in the same building as Dodge and decides to leave her boyfriend as the apocalypse draws near. Even though they've been neighbors for three years, they've never really noticed each other. Abandoned by his wife, Dodge is on a mission to find his high school sweetheart. He promises Penny that he can get her to a plane so that she can get to see her family if she'll drive them. Unfortunately, her hybrid car runs out of gas fairly early into their adventure. The very nature of the impending end of the world means that a happy ending is unlikely, or is it?
The supporting cast, including Connie Britton, Patton Oswalt, Rob Corddry and Melanie Lynskey all have memorable moments in what are, essentially, cameos. Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World is not at all what I expected it to be (in a very good way). Chances are, mainstream audiences aren't going to appreciate this idiosyncratic dramedy, but it's a perfect choice for escape on a hot summer's day this weekend.