Movie Review: “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”- Darkly Charming

Written by Rachel Ganzewinkel June 24, 2012

“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” stars Keira Knightley and Steve Carell in a movie that starts just as it has been officially announced the world is going to end in 3 weeks. Steve Carell is Dodge, a man who finds himself alone after his wife leaves him and seeks to find the love of his life that got away. Keira Knightley stars as serial monogamist Penny, who lives in the building and befriends Dodge when he finds her crying on his fire escape.

Holy Chemistry Batman!

Steve Carell and Keira Knightley seem like an odd match. I have no idea why I ever doubted their ability to be amazing together considering Steve Carell can have chemistry with anyone. Keira Knightley was such a charming delight I really really hope she chooses more roles that portray a less intense, humorless version of people. She was sweet, intelligent, authentic, and funny in this movie, I love this side of Knightley! Carell and Knightley work so well off of each other and their chemistry continues and shifts from acquaintances, to friends, to something more. Every step felt so real and believable.

Filled with Quirks (and talent!)

So this movie does go to pretty dark places (duh, since it is the end of the world). But the humor that comes from those places is very real. People start to realize the pointlessness of the things they did in their lives, how they wasted their time and all that normal end-of-the-world jazz. The movie begins in a place where the crazy reality of realizing an asteroid is about to collide with Earth has been very real for awhile, so now it’s just people doing whatever the hell they want while they can. Heroin comes out a party and there is lots of random sex. The audience laughs because it’s crazy but underneath there is always this lingering foreboding of death. It is very strange in parts but is totally believable, because mass extinction on the face of the Earth is a pretty strange and rare thing to begin with.

William Petersen (the former Gil Grissom from “CSI”), Rob Corddry and Gillian Jacobs (“Community”), Adam Brody (“The O.C.”), T.J. Miller (“She’s Out of My League”), Patton Oswalt (“Young Adult”), and Martin Sheen ( if you don’t know a movie Martin Sheen is from you need to see more movies) are just a few of the hilariously quirky guests to pop up in “Seeking a Friend…”.

This Movie is Exactly Everything You Want it to Be

I am going to gush for a moment about this movie. It is adorable, dark, sweet, romantic, beautiful, quirky, odd, funny, and so so charming. The romance between Penny and Dodge is one of the sweetest on-screen romances I have seen in a very long time. It is not contrived, cheesy, lame, over the top, or unbelievable. It is sweet, beautiful, and completely believable. You feel for the characters as they fall deeper in love as the world is ending. The people they meet are not odd caricatures of people, they are people that just no longer give a shit about what others think of them and do and say what they want. It is actually pretty awesome.


This is a very tidy movie. It leaves no loose ends. This is not a criticism, it is just a part of the movie’s style. This off-beat dramedy is a perfect use for a very tidy movie. It’s fun to watch, and really fantastic to experience. It involves the audience in Penny and Dodge’s journey to their respective goals of reuniting with their family, and finding that long lost love that got away. I also love Steve Carell in sad-sack comedic  roles. He’s perfect for them and performs them wonderfully. This movie is everything I wanted it to be and it also had surprises in the guest stars, Knightley’s performance, and the overall story arc. This is one of my favourite movies so far this year. It would be appealing to anyone and I would recommend it to everyone.

My Rating: 9.5/10


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About Rachel Ganzewinkel

Rachel loves movies and writing and has found the perfect amalgamation in writing movie reviews for We Eat Films. In between movie watching and the real-life world of work, she enjoys tea, reading, writing, and wearing over-size sweaters (while occassionally doing some of these simultaneously).

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