30. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (R) - Runtime: 101 minutes
Starring: Steve Carrell, Kiera Knightley
Director: Lorene Scafaria
This was another movie where I didn't know what to expect! I honestly thought the movie would be a lot funnier than it ended up being. Instead, the movie meanders along without really going anywhere and you start to ask yourself if anything is actually going to happen. And then when something finally does happen, the movie ends. It's a very disappointing movie that will leave you asking "That's it?"
So it's the end of the world, literally for everyone. And Dodge's wife decides to leave him with only two weeks left for humanity. Dodge is a quiet man who doesn't really like to do much. His life is boring. But then one of his neighbors comes busting into his life and they're on a mission to find his first love and to get her back to her family. It sounds like it would be a fun, if not quirky, road trip movie that would provide some laughs along with a little bit of drama. Instead, it's pretty much all drama with a few jokes sprinkled in and it just drags.
I think that's the biggest problem with this movie - the pacing is excruciatingly slow and while there are some wonderful comedic moments (Penny's boyfriend using her as a human shield comes to mind), the movie falls flat. None of the decisions these two friends make makes any sense. It takes forever for the movie to get to where it wants to be and then it just ends. I'm not spoiling anything here because nothing really happens in this movie. This is supposed to be the end of the world, but the movie doesn't feel like it.
I feel like Steve Carrell's character is a mix between his Dan in Real Life (sad widow) and the 40 Year-Old Virgin character (shy awkward guy). It just isn't that funny and I really didn't feel sorry for the dude nor did I care what was going to happen to him. And then they fug up Knightley to make her seem like a quirkey, adorkable hipster girl - but she has no depth either. They have this big revelation at the end of the movie for Dodge's past, but I just groaned out loud when they got to that point. Who cares!
All in all, this is one lousy movie. I thought it was going to be way more funny and just plain fun! Seriously, how can the last two weeks of civilization be this dull! Maybe this is how the writer felt she would be like in the end times - and good for her - but it most certainly doesn't make a very interesting story.
Rating: Not Worth Paying For!