There are a lot of things that I find interesting about this first trailer for the upcoming Steve Carrell/Kiera Knightley comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, not the least of which is that it seems to be heartfelt comedy about the world being destroyed – the comedy version of Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, in a way. That premise alone is enough to get my attention, but seeing Kiera Knightley follow up her excellent role in A Dangerous Method with a quirky apocalyptic comedy is also worth noting, and, as Vince Mancini from Filmdrunk points out:

Just the fact that they used Talking Heads and not “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” screams “restraint” and bodes well for the movie.

It’s a good point! So colour me curious. I quite enjoyed the 1998 Don McKellar drama Last Night about the ways that people cope with the impending demise of the planet, so to see it spun as a funny film could be, well, kinda cool. However, as one Youtube commenter points out: if they don’t die at the end, then this movie sucks. Oh yeah, and Gillian Jacobs from Community is in this! Just one more reason to watch, I suppose.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World comes out June 22, 2012.

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