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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Critic Reviews for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Carell could have given the performance of his life (he doesn't), and the film would have remained a cliché-ridden mess with a narrative built on convenience and coincidence.
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.
Audience Reviews for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" follows the exact title all the way through. At it's core, this film is essentially about a planet that is about to collide with Earth, leaving the planet in ruins. After that set-up, the audience follows around Dodge (played by Steve Carell), a troubled middle-aged man who just got a divorce, weeks before the end of the world. Running into a much younger woman than him, they form a friendship and she helps him through his emotions and tries to get him where he wants to be for the end.
The promise, characters, and payoff that this film sets up in the first two acts really had me invested, until it didn't. This film helms terrific performances and great characters that come in and out of their lives throughout these remaining days; However, when you set up things that audiences want to see executed and you do not follow through, it can be pretty frustrating. The third act of this film really felt like a quick wrap up. It almost seemed like the writers were rushing or wrote themselves into a corner. There were many things that occur in the final act that are left alone. In the end, this film is definitely one with a lot of promise and I felt myself attached to almost every character, until it's very rushed conclusion. Well-made, but ultimately disappointing.
This movie should not be sold as a comedy, for it is actually the most depressive movie of the year, and the problem lies in fact in its abrupt shifts in tone and a disastrous attempt at being both a cute road movie and a profound love story, which leads to an awful ending.
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.
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