SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

As rom-coms go, I’ve not been a fan since my brain fully developed and I was able to tell schtick from substance. The saccharine Drew Barrymore/Adam Sandler fare only goes so far.

As time goes on, I feel the romantic comedy — much like my beloved horror genre — is losing its charm. These two are the most tarnished of all the different film categories. They’re easy to slap together and they don’t even need to make much sense anymore. The days of Doris Day and Rock Hudson frolicking about on the silver screen are long gone

Much like what THE CONJURING did for our current scary movie situation, Lorene Scafaria’s SEEKING does the same for the rom-com.

SEEKING sings to the same tune as Scafaria’s other cuddly, slightly awkward flick NICK AND NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST.

In SEEKING, Earth receives a pretty grim prognosis: a space shuttle mission to destroy an asteroid on a collision course with our home planet has failed. Earthlings are given approximately 21 days to live. Given the circumstances, everyone copes differently. Dodge (Steve Carell) finds himself alone after the news breaks when his wife, Linda (real life wife Nancy Carell) flees from their car on foot. As fast as she can.

Just as quickly as she runs out of his life, Penny (Keira Knightley) runs in. In one of the strangest meet cutes in Hollywood history, Dodge finds Penny, crestfallen, just outside his window. He invites her in and she agrees on one condition: “I won’t steal anything if you don’t rape me.”

Dodge is beguiled straightaway and the two embark on a journey to the end of the world, each with a goal. Dodge will deliver Penny back home to her family if she gets him to his High School sweetheart.

Along the way, Dodge, Penny, and Dodge’s dog Sorry run into some of the weirder folks in the days leading up to their untimely conclusion. Perhaps my favorite is Friendsy’s restaurant where host Darcy (T.J. Miller) and the rest of the wait staff are all high as kites. Narrowly escaping an orgy really brings people together.

Carell and Knightley make this picture. Together, they create a duo we believe in. In such dire times, it’s hard to find a reason to smile. Dodge and Penny don’t do much but smile. It’s not the shove-it-down-our-throats type of love story. It’s the kind of admiration that blossoms between two people who never expected to find each other.

SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD gives new meaning to “make the most of the time you have” and begs the question… when the world ends, whose face is the last one you want to see?

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