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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) Review

This film is a bit of a weird one, as it is supposed to be a comedy but ends up being mainly a drama. So in that respect it’s a hard one to review, so I will class this as a drama with a romance twist. But as for the comedy, it’s not funny and don’t expect much Steve Carell magic. The relationship between Penny and Dodge though is quite nice so it’s not a total right off.


Seeking a Friend for the End of the World stars Golden Globe Award winner Steve Carell and Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley and is the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria. Set in a too-near future, the movie explores what people will do when humanity’s last days are at hand. As the respective journeys of Dodge (Mr. Carell) and Penny (Ms. Knightley) converge, the two spark to each other and their outlooks – if not the world’s – brighten.

The advice I would give to readers is to not expect comedy but to go for a romantic drama about world doomed from the start. Tim’s Film Reviews: It’s a good watch for romantics.

Drama 70%

Comedy 20%

To start off let’s talk about the acting. The acting was alright for what it was but I would have liked to have seen a film without the comedy and just about people’s reactions to a world that will eventually end and there’s nothing they can do about it, but alternatively I would also like to see a film where they go full on with the comedy with a completely different cast of people.  The main characters where very good as they normally are with their characters, Keira Knightley did a jumpy optimist with bad life choices character pretty well and Steve carrel can always play a sad middle aged man who’s in a dead end job oh and the world is ending. The rest of the cast are about the place doing various things ranging from Rob Corddry character who has just given up to Gillian Jacobs who works at a crazy Frenzy’s restaurant.

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In terms of humour the best parts where the sheer stupidity of people still going to work, the fact that Dodge sells insurance for the apocalypse and the fact that people actually call up about it. Then there’s the way Dodges wife just instantly runs away after learning all efforts to stop the asteroid has failed. Strangely the best part about this film is the relationship between Dodge and Penny which over a week goes from strangers to deeply in love. Not sure if that would work so quickly but it’s rather sweet anyway.

 

The best review I found would be either “This is a romantic comedy for people who don’t like rom-coms. There’s no chance of a happy ending, but its tender mercies speak volumes.” Claudia Puig. This review is quite right in that theres never going to be a happy ending because… well everyone is going to die! My favourite scene would be when the two of them get picked up by a truck driver who thought they were the hitmen he hired and something about that whole scene made me laugh.


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16 responses to “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) Review”

  1. CMrok93 says :

    Good review Tim. A totally uneven film, but somewhat lifted up by Carell and Knightley’s performances. Hopefully, Keira picks up more comedic roles for her because she’s actually pretty damn good at them believe it or not.

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  2. atothewr says :

    Sounds like an interesting movie. Might be a good rental.

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  3. mistylayne says :

    “I would have liked to have seen a film without the comedy and just about people’s reactions to a world that will eventually end and there’s nothing they can do about it…” Have you seen “Melancholia” yet? It’s the same premise (asteroid and all, I mean) with no comedy. Have I asked you this already? Sorry, if I have – there have been a couple of other reviews floating around about “Seeking a Friend” and I’m pretty sure I said something about “Melancholia” somewhere…Sorry, off topic!

    I’m definitely watching this one. Especially after the “romantic comedy for people who don’t like rom-coms” bit. 😉

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    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Melancholia is one of those movies that is very arty and I get that, but what I was saying was more of a realistic realization of peoples on coming doom. I have seen that film and it made me laugh a little because it reminds me of one of my friends talking about planet x killing us all in 2012 haha 😀

      “romantic comedy for people who don’t like rom-coms” yeah that I think that is true because it feels more different than the same crap we always seem to get, mainly because we know it’s end is not going to be a happy ever after end. Not particularly funny though 🙂

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      • mistylayne says :

        Gotcha. Lol, at planet X. Didn’t that already pass by? 😉 Have you seen 4:44 Last Day on Earth then? I don’t know anyone who has seen it yet but it’s on my list. 🙂 Sounds more true to life then, romance is never funny. 😉

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        • Tim The Film Guy says :

          It’s a good thing you put a 😉 about planet x haha 😀
          I havent seen ‘4:44 Last Day on Earth’ but from the trailer it’s much closer to what i was talking about, its now on my list too 😀
          “romance is never funny” not sure about that, my romantic history is pretty laughable haha 😀

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          • mistylayne says :

            Lol!

            Awesome, am looking forward to your thoughts when you watch it! 🙂

            *giggles* Mine is only funny in the way that clowns are funny..which is more sadly terrifying. 😉

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          • Tim The Film Guy says :

            What?! a pretty girl like you? I find that hard to believe.

            Me on the other hand, well Arnold Schwarzenegger and I quote, said “You’re one ugly motherfucker”

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          • mistylayne says :

            *giggles* Well, thank you for the compliment. 🙂 Tis true though. I think I’m just too weird. 😉 Plus I tend to attract non-nice guys. Eh, it is what it is, right?

            What?? Lol, I’m fairly certain that is entirely untrue. I mean, the fang things in your gravatar are very nice. And unique! 😉

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          • Tim The Film Guy says :

            I am getting the weird part! haha 😀
            I say if you’re not weird you’re boring, well that’s my excuse anyway haha ;D

            Do you actually know what I look like?, are we friends on Facebook? I should probably already know this, but I don’t 😀

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          • mistylayne says :

            Too weird for my own good. *sighs* 😉 And yeah, I embrace my weird geeky manic pixie ways, lol. I rock. ;-p

            I don’t think we’re friends on FB. I am fairly certain I’m a fan of your page (or Cinema Schminema is a fan of your page or both) but I think that’s it. 🙂

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          • Tim The Film Guy says :

            Ah good, my secret identity remains a secret muahahaha…wait that laugh makes me sound like a villain or more likely an insane person hmm.

            And yes misty you do rock 😀

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          • mistylayne says :

            Definitely villainous. ;-p And thanks, so do you. 🙂

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