Netflix and Chill: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

BY ADAM QUANDT | The Statesman  

Director: Lorene Scafaria

Genre: Romance

Length: 101 minutes

Netflix rating: 3.5 out of 5

My rating: 4.5 out of 5


With Valentine’s Day approaching, I figured I’d watch some movies from the “romance” category of Netflix.

However, I wouldn’t classify “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” as your typical romantic comedy film.

The movie follows Dodge (Steve Carell) and his neighbor Penny (Keira Knightly) as they travel around to accomplish their last goals before an asteroid collides with earth.

After his wife leaves him, Dodge eventually decides to attempt to find (and hopefully reconnect with) his high school sweetheart—the one that got away.

Penny enters the picture when riots begin to break out in the neighborhood. Dodge saves her from almost certain death. She then promises to help Dodge find his long lost love and in return, Dodge offers to help get Penny home to her family.

Throughout their journey, Dodge and Penny run into a few interesting people and circumstances. As they get closer to their destination the two learn more about each other.

Though I’m not usually one to go out of my way to watch a romantic comedy, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” was well worth the watch.

The seemingly odd pairing between Steve Carell and Keira Knightly kept me entertained throughout the entire movie.

Despite the cheesy moments and predictable ending (as most romantic comedies have), the storyline to “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” kept me invested through the entire film.

If you’re looking for a rom-com to watch with that special someone, friends, pets or even on your own, I suggest giving “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” a chance—even if rom-coms aren’t really your thing.


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