As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.
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3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Seeking a Friend For the End of the World seemed like it was going to be a forced little indie comedy I'd have to force myself through but I was really surprised. Despite not really loving any of the characters, it made me laugh and it knew how to tug at the old heart strings. I loved the lack of a bullshit ending and the soundtrack was brilliant. A nice take on the apocalypse.
Because the average American suburban, multiplex spectator could not deal with Melancholia, they made a dumbed down version. This fact per se is more depressing that the end of the world. Keira Knightley's presence makes you wish for a faster apocalypse. This is not a disaster film. Rather, it is a disaster of a film.
Not Another Apocalypse. As low key end of the world comedies go, film could learn a few lessons from Don McKellar's Last Night. Takes a standard mismatched romantic comedy road movie premise and slaps it over looming doom to middling effect. Characters are thin, romance improbable, plots holes gape, and writer flaunts music taste to ill effect. At least the ending doesn't cop out and the acting's good.
Hard to believe there's only one other person commenting here who remembers Don McKellar's fine "Last Night" from 14 years earlier, which already tread on similar ground but without the dubious sentimentality. The cuteness is watchable, if you can afford all the empty calories.
Mostly predictable, mostly a reunion with plenty of Carell's other sad-sack romantic characters, mostly an irritating time watching Knightley overact (as usual). Don't misunderstand, what remains is a (possibly unintentional) quirky tale about humankind, the state of post-modernity, and how horribly ill-prepared we are for dealing with (our) inevitable demise. Some funny jokes tucked away in there too.
A pesar de una vez más de abusar Steve Carell y su ya acotumbrado papel patetico, la pelicula más que una comedia romantica es una tragedia romantica con muy buenos momentos y espasmos de ironia.. buena.
A film for the performances. A touching, believable end-of-the-world story not led by graphic scenes of peril or looming intensity, but interesting human characters. Not perfect by any means; a little too sappy and a little long, but pleasantly conceived.
The anti-Melancholia. I'm surprised anyone other than von Trier had the guts to end the world. But, my is this sappy. Sticker than maple syrup. Could have been a great dark comedy, but instead it opts for the straightforward path. And being a hormonal eighteen year old I really should not be watching movies this sappy and sweet without something to temper it. Grow a pair and watch Melancholia instead.