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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Tagline: Nice knowing you.

In a plot point too far out there for even the most ambitious episode of The Office, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is set around an incoming asteroid threatening to end life on Earth. Why the reference to The Office? Because this film stars Steve Carell, as a guy whose wife leaves him during the inevitable panic. Carell decides to spend his final days seeking out his high school sweetheart and sets out, accompanied by neighbor Keira Knightley, on a pre-apocalyptic road trip.

Opinion is mixed as to whether Seeking will be out of this world or will simply crash and burn. “The end of the world can’t come fast enough in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, a disastrously dull take on the disaster-movie formula,” slams Variety. The Village Voice piles on, calling Seeking a Friend “by turns bizarrely affectless and then prattlingly manic, much like its dual protagonists.” But once again Roger Ebert is in forgiving mode, noting that the movie “amounts to sort of a romantic comedy, although it makes no promises of providing a happy ending.” And TIME’s very own Mary Pols is quite possibly the biggest champion out there: “When Seeking took hold of me, completely and without warning, I was digging for tissues. It’s a lovely surprise for the official start of summer.”

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