Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
Critic Consensus: Tender, charming, and well-acted, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is unfortunately hamstrung by jarring tonal shifts and a disappointing final act.
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as Radio Announcer
as Crying Woman
as Man #1/Chip
as Woman #1/Lacey
as Indian Man
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Critic Reviews for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
There's an entire world out there that's about to end, and this movie zooms in on the two least interesting people in it.
Carell possesses a knack for these comedic-tinged dramatic parts, subtly layering on the pathos while slyly exploiting his character's vulnerability.
A certain generosity of spirit is required here, but the performances are excellent and the central premise ... is a solid and amusing one.
Seeking a Friend mocks the modern rom-com formula, but its apocalyptic gags soon give way to a heart-breaking love story.
'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' is funny, but also profound and tragic.
Audience Reviews for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
This is the second romance-at-the-end-of-the-world film I've seen in as many days (Perfect Sense was the other) and is the lesser of the two in what might become a trend. The doomsday scenario is hardly a concern for this one as the budding romance takes the main stage and in that it is regrettably predictable to a fault. Cue some recognizable tunes to show our couple strolling down a beach to and that's the film in a nutshell. The one upsell is that Steve Carell gave the impression of reaching for something more substantial while working within the genre which added an interesting layer.
This film should not be sold as a comedy, for it is actually the most depressive movie of the year. The problem resides in the abrupt shifts in tone and in a disastrous attempt at being both a cute road movie and a profound love story, which leads to a horrible ending.
It's a movie about the end of the world that, for about two-thirds in the middle, seems to forget the world is ending... the stakes evaporate and we're left limping along with an annoyingly saccharine love story all the way to the to the inevitable, uninspired conclusion... presuming you make it that far... I did it so you wouldn't have to.
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|Dodge:||You are my favorite thing.|
|Dodge:||I'm.... madly in love with you...|
|Penny:||I thought we could save each other.|
|Penny:||I won't steal anything if you don't rape me.|
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