Best Drama Movies on Netflix Right Now (2020)

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 18: (L-R) Actors Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, and CEO of Focus Features James Schamus attend the premiere after party of ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival on June 18, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 18: (L-R) Actors Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, and CEO of Focus Features James Schamus attend the premiere after party of ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival on June 18, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images) /

No. 32 – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

Written by: Lorene Scafaria

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria

Starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Derek Luke, Martin Sheen, Rob Corddry, Adam Brody, and Connie Britton

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World tells the story of Dodge Peterson (Carell) and his last three weeks on earth before an asteroid is bound to hit, destroying the planet. Upon his wife running out on him, Dodge decides to track down his high-school sweetheart with the help of a woman he runs into, Penny (Knightley). Penny is also dealing with her last three weeks on earth in a much more reflective manner, as we find out she has also broken up with her boyfriend and wants to travel back to England before doomsday arrives. As Dodge and Penny agree to help one another, they encounter several quirky characters on the way, each of whom draws the two closer together.

Steve Carell has always been the master of emotional subtlety in many of his films. Even when the plot or script around him falter, you always find glimpses of joy, sadness, anger, and pain in his performances even when he doesn’t necessarily show those emotions outright. His character Dodge is clearly someone with a lot of sadness, and Carell plays him perfectly. His dazed, almost vacant look during the first act of the movie really grounds his character’s motivations for wanting to find fulfillment in his life before it’s too late.

Keira Knightley, on the other hand, is also brilliant but in a much more extroverted way. She feeds off the zaniness of the film’s plot, and yet her fear of the end towards the end of the movie is a nice emotional shift that not all actresses can pull off. This movie works because of the acting, along with an extremely interesting concept. Scafaria writes what could have been a very sporadic, and choppy film, yet it succeeds most of the time. For a sad plot, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World still finds those little moments of happiness, and shines when it does.