Carell plays it straight in a hauntingly understated performance balancing the madness going on around him. Along the way, running from the escalating violence of the city and towards each other's pie in the sky that Dodge and Penny strive to obtain before doomsday, a host of characters cross their path. Great performance by the always terrific Connie Britton (American Horror Story) and Rob Corddry (Adult Swim's Children's Hospital) in small but extremely memorable roles along with the rest of this ensemble cast had me praying that somehow there would be a reprieve and their lives saved.
Directed and written by Lorene Scafaria, she has singlehandedly restored my faith in American cinema and of what great story telling is all about. Blending humor, grief and unexpected moments of brutal violence, cementing the viewer's eyes to the screen and the lives of these people we quickly fall in love with but always knowing this love affair is shortly going to end in heartache.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a small film with a huge heart boasting wonderful details of how we'd act if we knew the end was near. People mowing their lawns while others loot, the film puts us in a reality that strikes to the bone with realism.
The saddest thing that comes from ‘Seeking a Friend’ is that no sequel will be forthcoming but hopefully awards for cast and crew including Scafaria will be. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a great quirky American film that deserves the praise I hope is bestowed upon it. If not, then the world is truly coming to an end.
Rated R by the MPAA for for language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence.
Running time: 101 minutes.