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Monday, January 7, 2013

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - Review (2012)

This film has either one of the best titles ever or one of the worst titles ever.  I am leaning toward best ever, the box office may have proved me wrong.  It is the story of two lonely people that meet as they deal with the imminent, upcoming end of the world.

Starring Steve Carrell as Dodge, a sad sack that is such a pushover he cannot even fire his maid even though there are only days left in the existence of mankind.  As he watches his (and everyone else's) world fall apart, a chance meeting with his neighbor Linda (Kira Knightly) leads to a sprinkle of hope for their remaining days.

For a comedy about the end of the world the film is surprisingly touching at times.  It accomplishes this by never becoming a a predictable comedy or sci-fi film even though the film is set in a near future where the world is set for destruction.  The focus is on the people and relationships.

It could have been a great film but the film moves away from the intimate feel for larger scale, less interesting moments.  One scene that stands out is a surreal visit to a T.G.I.Fridays style restaurant that has evolved into a drug fueled house of sex.  It may have worked in another film (or, most likely not) instead these bizarre shifts in tone completely detract from all the positive aspects.  I did love the ending, salvaging the film from the being a letdown. 

6.5 out of 10

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