Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2 stars)

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Disappointing apocalyptic romcom starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley

The directorial debut from Lorene Scafaria (writer of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) begins with the announcement that the final mission to save the Earth from obliteration by an asteroid has failed. Initially it’s hilariously cynical as, with just days to go, morality is flung aside. The film focuses on Dodge (Steve Carell), whose normal life is turned upside down: his wife legs it, his best friend’s wife makes a pass at him, colleagues commit suicide. However, it’s only when Dodge finds his neighbour Penny (Keira Knightley) crying outside his window that things take a truly dark turn – a turn for the naffly romantic, as the pair set out on a quest to find Dodge’s lost love.

Carell might not be an imaginative choice for a neurotic everyman but he’s characteristically genial. By contrast, Knightley makes light comedy look like hard work and her appearance is a sandbag to an already floundering film. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World trades comedy for corniness with dispiriting abandon. Feeble and cloying from midway to its final throes, it begins with a bang but – inappropriately for the scenario – goes out with a whimper.

General release from Fri 13 July.

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

  • 2 stars
  • 2012
  • US, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia
  • 1h 41min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lorene Scafaria
  • Cast: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Melinda Dillon
  • UK release: 13 July 2012

As an asteroid makes its apocalyptic way towards earth, Dodge (Carrell) is abandoned by his wife so goes on a road trip with his neighbour Penny (Knightley). Initial hilarity gives way to naff romance as Knightley makes even light comedy look like hard work.

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