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Review: 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World'

By Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
June 23, 2012 -- Updated 1514 GMT (2314 HKT)
Keira Knightley and Steve Carell star in
Keira Knightley and Steve Carell star in "Seekinga Friend for the End of the World."
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth and it's the end of the world in "Seeking a Friend"
  • Dodge (Steve Carell), an insurance exec, hits on the idea of finding his first love
  • Penny, played by Keira Knightley, hits on the idea of going with this stranger
  • Carell and Knightley give it their bittersweet best

(Rolling Stone) -- Yes, it's the end of days, something about an asteroid hurtling toward Earth.

In three weeks, boom, it's over. No second chance. Steve Carell plays Dodge, an insurance exec whose wife dumps him for a last fling at life. Unlike his wife and horny buddy (that's you, Patton Oswalt), Dodge doesn't want to go sex-nuts. Dodge goes to work where there's no need to go. Then he hits on the idea of finding his first love.

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Penny, played by Keira Knightley, hits on the idea of going with this stranger. Hell, she wants to connect with her family, and he might be able to help her.

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Penny's boyfriend (Adam Brody) is a tool. And on a road trip, featuring various guest stars (you're up, Derek Luke), Dodge and Penny establish a low-key comic rhythm that grows into something bigger. Maybe even love.

That's it. Screenwriter Lorene Scafaria ("Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist"), making her directing debut, has decided to approach "Armageddon" the same way as Dodge and Penny: nice and easy. Not a bad idea. And Carell and Knightley give it their bittersweet best. But I never rooted for them as a couple, never felt a chemistry in their bond. And in a romance, even one with tragic notes, that really is the end of the world.

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