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Seeking a Friend For the End of the World

Release Date: 
06/22/2012
Rated: 
MPAA: R
Star Rating: 
5 out of 10

Apocalypse movie meets road movie meets sappy romance movie

Photo: Darren Michaels/Focus Features | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
The Pitch: With an asteroid set to obliterate Earth in a matter of weeks, Dodge (Steve Carell) teams up with his neighbor Penny (Keira Knightley) to track down his high school sweetheart. They encounter a bunch of quirky characters along the way.

Photo: Darren Michaels/Focus Features | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
What It Really Is: Three quarters of a decent comedy. Seeking a Friend is never gut-bustingly hilarious, but since it managed to wrangle a stacked supporting cast and writer-director Lorene Scafaria is no slouch at comedic writing (remember this?) it’s a pretty entertaining spin on the end-of-the-world movie. Until the unbelievably cheesy ending, that is. If you just tune that last bit out, you still have a sorta funny, heartfelt-without-being-groan-worthy summer movie. But yeah, the ending blows.

Photo: Darren Michaels/Focus Features | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
Is Keira Knightley Actually Funny? They don’t give her any memorable gags or one-liners, but she also doesn’t have that period piece seriousness she usually carries around like a security blanket. So kinda.

Photo: Darren Michaels/Focus Features | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: Seek out this comic charmer with all your best friends!” --Maxim.com

Who’s It For: Office fans going through Steve Carell withdrawal, people who still have Y2K shelters

Photo: Darren Michaels/Focus Features | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
Studio: Focus Features