Directed and written by Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers, the writer of Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist), this starts as Dodge Petersen (Steve Carell) and his wife Linda (Nancy Carell) learn that the asteroid Matilda is going to end all life on Earth. She abandons him and Dodge learns from his neighbor Penny (Keira Knightley) that the woman he’s always obsessed over, Olivia, wrote to him all the time and she had so much of his mail — over three year’s worth — including evidence that his wife had cheated on him. She’s broken up with her boyfriend Owen (Adam Brody) when he ruins her last chance to get back to London to see her family one last time. Yet Dodge knows someone who can fly her. She just needs to get him back home — along with a dog named Sorry that he wakes up and finds tied to his leg — to his hometown in Delaware.
This is a hard movie for me to watch, as we fall in love with these two characters as they fall in love with one another as they struggle through the end of the world, knowing that they will not survive the end of the world. What helps is the supporting cast, including William Petersen, Patton Oswalt, Rob Corddry, Rob Huebel, Gillian Jacobs, Amy Schumer and Martin Sheen.
I enjoyed it yet I’m unsure if I could watch it again. It was just too much emotion for me and felt true and honest, unlike other movies that use the end of the world for dramatic effect.
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