Here's the unfairness behind the Hollywood system: a subpar movie like The Smurfs or Transformers will gross tens of millions dollars at the box office, and smaller, quirkier movies like Seeking a Friend for the End of the World will pass reasonably unnoticed. I'm not trying to slam the Smurfs or Transformers; those movies have their own dedicated fans. It's just that a movie as sensitive and insightful as "Seeking a Friend" comes along so rarely, it deserves to be a massive success when it does. The movie, which revolves around the actions of a man named Dodge (Steve Carell) when humanity is told it only has three weeks before the end of the world. Society instantly degrades and Dodge is surrounded by decadence and tragedy: his wife leaves him to be with her lover, his friends encourage him to gorge himself with drugs and meaningless sex, rioting and violence spread through the streets, and the body of a man who jumped from a building lands on Dodge's windshield. He finds meaning in making a deal with his neighbor, Penny (Kiera Knightley): if she drives him to reconnect with his long-lost love, he will provide means for her to spend her last days with her family. The two embark on a crazy road trip that ends, as promised, with the end of the world. This isn't one of those "oops, we're kidding, turns out the world won't end after all" type of movies. It's smarter and has more respect for its audience than that. By its end it has taken its characters on a splendid journey and revealed so much insight on life and love.
The movie is for adults only. The early scenes (about the first half hour) are dark and depressing. When confronted by their impending doom, people go nuts. The body that falls on Dodge's car belongs to a man who jumped from a building. A married woman hits on Dodge, and a man encourages Dodge to take advantage of women due to them not caring about pregnancy, diseases, "d**k" size, or anything else. The man makes crude remarks about "raining p***y." A man encourages his elementary school aged daughter to chug a cocktail, telling her to "fight the burn." He also tells his teenage son "go f**k yourself." The movie contains about a dozen "f" words, most of which are used in that first half hour. The tone becomes more hopeful once Penny and Dodge embark on their journey. Along the way, they stop at a pub where it seems an orgy is about to begin (we see group kissing and caressing, but no sex or nudity. They leave before the orgy). A man who has paid an assassin to kill him unexpectedly is shot through the throat with blood splatter. Many characters, including Penny, use marijuana and appear to pop pills.