I’m not usually into movies about the apocalypse, so when my husband brought home “Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World,” I was less than excited. I used to have nightmares about an impending nuclear explosion. In them, I was in some annoying location, like work, and away from my young children. I felt such despair when I discovered I’d be spending my last moments on Earth surrounded by co-workers. Horrifying.
But I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by “Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World.” Although it hit theaters in June, I had never heard of it. No wonder. It had a short theater life and came out in DVD and Blu-ray in October.
The film stars one of my favorite actors, Steve Carrell of TV’s “The Office” fame, and British beauty Keira Knightly. In the opening scene, Dodge (Carrell) and his wife hear a radio announcement about an asteroid headed toward earth, destined to destroy the planet and everything on it upon impact. Dodge’s wife jumps out of the car and runs away, leaving him to face the end of the world alone. Later, Dodge meets up with his neighbor Penny (Knightly), who convinces him to go on a road trip in search of his one true love. Penny accompanies Dodge, and the couple experience a variety of adventures and characters along the way.
The story unfolds slowly but picks up momentum during one of my favorite scenes, an “End of the World” party thrown by Dodge’s friends. Although some parts of the party made my cry out in amused horror, I felt a kinship to the guests. Maybe it was all those nightmares I’ve had. Actor Martin Sheen makes a cameo appearance late in the film, around the time the waterworks started and I had to break out the tissue. Some parts of this movie are pretty funny, but it also made me cry. And think. And consider my own small place in this big ol’ world. And that’s my favorite kind of movie, apocalypse or not.
“Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World” is rated R for language, sexual references, some drug use and brief violence.