If the world were coming to an end, we wouldn't mind spending our last couple of weeks with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.
After Lars Von Trier's sad-sack approach to the end of days in "Melancholia," it's something of a relief to see a film that finds some humor in the impending apocalypse. "Seeking a Friend For the End of the World" dares to dream that your final days on Earth might be your best ever, especially if every day suddenly became "Casual Friday" at work.
Steve Carell stars as a man whose midlife crisis comes right before the end of all life on Earth, which is being brought on by an asteroid that not even Bruce Willis can keep from crashing into the planet. He decides to spend his last days looking for his high school sweetheart, a quest on which he's accompanied by a kooky free spirit (Knightley) who's looking for her family. Their journey takes them through a world that's learning to actually "live" for the first time, even though everyone and everything's supposedly going to go ka-boom before the month is out.
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It's hard to pin down the film's tone in the trailer, which is probably the most essential element to whether this will all actually work or not. But it's nice to see Knightley doing something resembling a "fun movie" (such as it is) again, and no one can do the sympathetic straight man in crisis quite like Carell. Plus, you're on to something when you throw Talking Heads' "Road to Nowhere" onto the soundtrack.
"Seeking a Friend at the End of the World," which opens June 22, was written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, who wrote the similarly bittersweet and surreal "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist." Check out the trailer below, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies.