michael gallucci

MOVIE REVIEW — SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

In movie review on 06/21/2012 at 12:01 am

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Whether he’s a newly single man getting his horndog on in Crazy, Stupid, Love or about ready to give up his title as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Steve Carell takes your most awkward, embarrassing, and downright regrettable love stories and turns them into something funny, touching, and downright pathetic. In this dark comedy, he plays Dodge, who’s suddenly on his own just as an asteroid is plummeting toward Earth. His wife flees in terror, leaving him to die in the apocalypse all by himself. But Dodge, being a typical Carell everyman, hits the road in search of his high-school sweetheart, whom he hasn’t seen in years, with neighbor Keira Knightley along for the ride. Armageddon standbys – looting, rioting, killing – collide with the jokes and the heaviness of the third act. It’s not always an easy fit, but writer-director Lorene Scafaria pulls the best from Carell, who seems pretty comfortable with this whole end of the world business.

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