Seeking a friend for the end of the world.
If you love Steve Carell and you love to laugh, this is not the film for you. Seeking a Friend is presented as an apocalyptic tale with a comedic spin. Sure, it had its moments of quirkiness and I even felt a grin creep across my face but only once did I hear the audience laugh…out loud.
The movie opens with a radio broadcast announcing the end of the world is coming in 21 days. There isn’t a solid back story to why this is occurring, it just is. Madness ensues immediately. Middle aged Dodge (Steve Carell) finds himself alone and full of regret. His mission: find the girl who got away many years ago. Instead he stumbles upon the beautiful and sassy Penny (Keira Knightly) who has been living beside him all along. Insert cliché line about how what you want most was always right in front of you. Penny wanted to spend her last days overseas and even boards a plane, but click those red shoes and BAM: that’s the moral of the story.
What seems like a good idea for a movie just never quite took off. The film had heart and sincerity but it was lacking in many other things including believability. I bought into the whole end of the world thing but it’s the simpler things that ended up being the most far fetched. Steve Carell and Keira Knightly…need I really elaborate?
It’s the end of the world, where is Bruce Willis when you need him?
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