Movie Review: Seeking a Friend For The End of The World (2012)

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria

Written by: Lorene Scafaria

Rated by: R

Running Time: 101 min


Steve Carrell: Dodge

Nancy Carrell: Linda

Keira Knightley: Penny

Recently there has been a spate of apocalyptic, end-of-the-world films and TV shows, some featuring colliding planets with others featuring zombies and disease. I've seen a few of them: Melancholia (terrible), The Walking Dead (addictive and captivating), and now Seeking a Friend For The End of The World. Steve Carrell stars as the central character, Dodge, a man whose wife literally jumps out of the car and runs away into the darkness when news hits that the world will end in 3 weeks. The cause this time is an asteroid called Matilda. When the space shuttle Deliverance fails in its last attempt to save Earth, everyone knows that the end is actually coming. As predicted, everyone deals with the news in their own way. Some abandon their jobs while others continue to go. Some decide to end their lives early rather than wait for the final explosion. And others decide to live life with wild abandon, participating in activities they would never have considered otherwise: drugs, orgies, looting.

Dodge struggles in the film to stay true to himself while those around him lose their way. After passing out in a park drunk on Windex, he finds that someone has left him in charge of their dog. Naming the dog "Sorry" after the note that was left, he takes the dog home where he meets his neighbor, Penny. She has just been abandoned by her boyfriend and is quite distraught. Due to the stress of the world situation, she has become hypersomnolent, which will become an important plot point later in the film. The two become friends and companions in the last days of their lives.

The cast is rounded out with appearances by Martin Sheen, Connie Britton, Rob Corddry, and Patton Oswalt. While this isn't the most compelling film I've ever seen, it is worth seeing. The characters are real people that the audience can relate to, perhaps seeing their own possible reaction to a similar situation. The film takes a lighter approach than The Walking Dead, of course. Mainly because there aren't any Zombies. But in this film, no matter what, the population of Earth is set to be extinct. And that is thought-provoking in and of itself. Amazingly, the director is able to tell this story without becoming mired in doom and gloom. There are even rays of hope in an otherwise helpless situation.

I liked this little film and would recommend it to round out your consumption of end-of-the-world, doomsday viewing. You can download or purchase it in my Amazon store to the right of this page or you can get it now at iTunes here:

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

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