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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012; Rated Rated R)

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Review

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

(2012; R)

In theaters:
Friday, 22 June 2012

Genre:
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast:
Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Melanie Lynskey

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Jay said on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 9:41:09 PM
I would think most viewers would not appreciate the beauty of this movie if they have yet to encounter both profound joy and deep sorrow. If you have, then you will most likely appreciate and think often of this story. If you have not, then you likely will echo the sentiments of the negative reviewers.

Susan Butchko said on Friday, November 16, 2012 5:06:20 PM
I loved this movie, but you didn't tell me I'd be sobbing!

Wade said on Sunday, August 05, 2012 7:59:50 PM
Never got a chance to catch this one in theaters. Looking forward to it. Great review Richard.

adriana said on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 3:01:12 PM
I also loved this movie! Check out my review!

Mark H. said on Monday, July 02, 2012 12:26:32 PM
Richard, I share your sentiments about this movie, almost. I loved the shit out of the second half of this movie! The first half is a blend of satire, comedy and drama that doesn't always work. When the film finally decides to be an earnest, emotional tearjerker, it succeeds to the very (terrific) end.

darci said on Monday, July 02, 2012 4:23:33 AM
So the last time I saw a Keira Knightley movie I couldn't even finish it because it was so bad (London Boulevard) but this one was much better. Although the tone shifts a little too dramatically a couple times, the movie's charm and dark humor won me over, plus Steve Carell and Knightley actually surprised me by having some great chemistry. Carell really can do the sad-sack character well.

One thing I was disappointed with was the music, especially considering this movie was from the creator of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist which is about as good as it gets when it comes to tunes. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by The Beach Boys of course is awesome but has been used countless times already, so really the only song I was really thrilled with was "Sex Tourists" by French Kicks which ***SPOILER ALERT*** is the song that plays right when Dodge + Penny drive off after having sex. I was expecting more great under-the-radar tunes like this, but the movie was still good and I love French Kicks so much that their inclusion was almost enough to make up for it.

Jessica said on Friday, June 29, 2012 12:51:52 AM
I completely agree with you. I Loved this movie! I think people who hated it are either crazy or afraid to feel anything.

Joel said on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 9:06:17 AM
Richard,

I am usually right with you on your reviews but man I disagree on this one. What I thought started out promising as a indie comedy/drama turned into this weird sap-fest. The beach scene may have been the scene that really put the nail in the coffin for this movie. I find it strange that you believed this romance that developed between Carrell and Knightley because to me it came out of left field. The ending really pissed me off as well in regards to knightley's decision. The final 40 minutes made me want to puke which left a really bad taste in my mouth.

Johnie Busa said on Monday, June 25, 2012 9:25:26 AM
I have to be honest, I was not expecting this much from Lorene Scafaria, the writer and director of this film. The last piece of work she put out there was Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and it bombed. However, with a movie as thought provoking and meaningful as this one I may have to forgive her for the past. I will be excited to see her next work and I hope she will do as good of a job as she did on this movie. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a movie you don’t want to end. While you can predict the ending and a lot of the plot, it’s a great story and you are always hoping in the back of your mind that it will not conclude. Steve Carell seems to be capable of playing anything these days, whether it’s Brick in anchorman, Cal from Crazy, Stupid, Love or Dodge from this film. He has shown that he can be the idiot, the family man, or out of touch just trying to find hope. Keira Knightley of course does a great job. If I had to rank actresses from today’s films, she would probably make my top ten list. The supporting cast is neither good nor bad, but with the story revolving around Carell and Knightley trying to cling to their last days on earth, the supporting cast doesn’t really matter. The film was great; the storyline was fantastic and what I like most of all is you leave the theater feeling that you need to do more with your life before it’s over.

 
 
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