A gently quirky apocalyptic comedy centering on two lonely souls in need of companionship, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
is an irresistibly sweet, yet perhaps slightly too downbeat attempt to shake up the familiar rom-com formula. Existing somewhere between Don McKellar's affecting 1998 dramedy Last Night
and Steve De Jarnatt's more serious-minded Miracle Mile
from 1988, it falters while falling prey to the "manic-pixie dream girl" trend, but still manages to keep us invested in the characters with smart pacing, clever gallows humor, and capable storytelling.
Dodge (Steve Carell) and Penny (Keira Knightley) are both having a ...