SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, with Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Adam Brody, Patton Oswalt and Gillian Jacobs. An eOne Entertainment release. 101 minutes. Opens Friday (June 22). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NNNN
Three weeks before the Earth is scheduled to collide with an asteroid the size of New Jersey, depressed, newly single Dodge (Steve Carell) and his slightly manic neighbour Penny (Keira Knightley) take a road trip to look up Dodge's old girlfriend before everything ends.
Making her directorial debut, screenwriter Lorene Scafaria (Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist) has constructed an intriguing, effects-free take on the apocalypse genre, shifting nimbly between dark comedy and outright despair.
Scafaria's great with her actors, too. Carell and Knightley are excellent, and Connie Britton, Patton Oswalt, T.J. Miller and Gillian Jacobs pop up for memorable cameos. And any similarity to Don McKellar's Last Night, which envisioned a similarly lo-fi apocalypse back in 1999, is entirely coincidental.