Writer and Director Lorene Scafaria
Starring Steve Carell, Kiera Knightley, William Peterson, Melanie Lynskey, Adam Brody, Derek Luke, Connie Britton, Patton Oswalt, Rob Corddry, Martin Sheen, Nancy Carell, Mark Moses, T.J. Miller
Okay, so it’s the end of the world and everybody is acting nuts. Except Dodge (Carell). He is normal and a little depressed. His wife, who has cheated on him, leaves. His friends, who are partying hard, try to set him up, but that is fruitless. The girl, like everyone else, is a little weird. Not Dodge, though. He’s the only normal guy around. Great. Let’s have the camera follow him.
Enter Penelope “Penny” Lockhart (Knightley). She is the British model looking type with bad hair. This is an attempt to make her look, you know, accessible. Her boyfriend dumped her, she’s a bit nuts. Knightley has two modes: unhinged and repressed. Guess which one she is here.
Circumstances as they are, they find their way back on the road. There is much hugging. There is much learning. There is an endless amount of talking and we get to see plenty of Carell facial reactions to the goings on. He is really nice. We get it. End the world already.
Oh, and he picks up a dog along the way Someone must have sensed that he was a real sucker, and the marketing department thought that having a dog in the poster might draw in a few more folks.
Carell has comic talent. It’s not expressed here. What Knightley’s talent is, I have yet to discover. This movie was one long, drawn out series of dates with a couple that need to still tell each other about everything. I did not need to see any of that.
The comic elements with the end of the world would have worked better if they did not have Carell there to remind us how strange it all is. My white trash senses are screaming at me that this may well be a sophisticated film. Our folk don’t do real well with those kinds of movies. Especially when we spend the film waiting for a planet to be destroyed and all we get is one loud bang. No cool special effects. Yep, this movie sucks.
(** out of *****)