Posted on June 24, 2012 AT 09:49pm
The world is about to end. An asteroid is going to inevitably destroy the planet in three weeks time, and there is no hope for survival. Pretty grim scenario for a romantic comedy, isn’t it? But that is the plot to Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, the new romantic comedy starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. It focuses on Dodge, the middle-aged insurance salesman whose life is taking a rough turn, and Penny, the quirky twenty-something that has a strange affection for vinyl records. This odd pairing meet under strange circumstances and form a bond that last until the end of the world.
Aside from the impending apocalypse, this could be the plot for any romantic comedy featuring Steve Carell over the past several years. He’s putting himself in a rut of the typical “awkward middle-aged guy” and the films he’s in are suffering for it. Knightley veers off her usual career path, and it doesn’t go very well. She’s quirky, but not always in a fun way, and her character jumps back and forth from reckless child to displaying over-emotional hysteria. The performances weren’t awful, but they weren’t good by any means, either. The only saving graces were the appearances of several notoriously funny actors (Patton Oswalt, T.J. Miller, Gillian Jacobs and Rob Cordry, to name a few) that were ridiculous and incredibly funny, but their screen time was very short lived.
The movie itself was very sweet, and had a lot of really cute moments. It just wasn’t believable. If the world was ending, two completely different people meeting under a very strange circumstance and spending the remaining time of their lives with one another just didn’t seem to latch on. It was a series of adorable moments of romance coupled with complete disasters in the world that really didn’t flow very well together.
The movie, for what it was, was rather generic, and simply didn’t add anything into the genre. Something that could have really sent a different message fell into old cliches and worn scenarios, making this feel good apocalyptic love story seem worn out. A cute, sad, and sweet movie, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World does its intended purpose, being a good date movie and entertaining at times, but as far as doing anything that deviates from the norm, it falls way off target (if that was the intended purpose in any way). This is one of those films that’s not too bad to see once, but after its over, there’s just something missing, or too much of the same to really have an impact on the viewer.
(Trailer Courtesy Of Yahoo! Movies)
The Good: Has A Lot Of Sweet Moments, Good Premise
The Bad: Comic Relief Is Short-Lived, Acting Is Sub-Par
The Ugly: Plot Fails To Tie Together
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