With an asteroid weeks away from destroying Earth, a lonely man
sets out on a personal journey with the help of his quirky neighbor.
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I remember this film only being in theaters for a couple of weeks, giving me the impression that it was a waste of time. It was anything but. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is an honest, quirky, and endearing dramedy that shows how people would realistically react in the face of Armageddon. Led by strong performances from Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, this film is one that will invoke all sorts of emotion from any who view it.
This film has characters we can connect with. Dodge Petersen (Carell) is an introverted, lonely man whose wife leaves him three weeks before the apocalypse. The connection he forms with Penny (Knightley) is nothing short of heartfelt. They need each other. The world is about to collapse and they've found each other. Instead of acting as a shoehorned in subplot, the love story between the two feels right. It takes precedent over the end of the world, becoming the main focus of the story. It's very rare that this works without becoming cheesy.
Along with the long list of celebrity cameos, Seeking a Friend is a wonderfully acted and charmingly written film that acts as a realistic depiction of peoples' reactions to the end of the world. While a lot of people will riot and lose their minds, most people will just be making up for lost time and trying new things. Others will attempt to reconnect with lost loves, and maybe find some new ones along the way.