YMMV / Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

  • Broken Base: Some people find the Mood Whiplash between the comedy and tragedy of the film too much to take. Others think it fits perfectly and find it a great film. It has a 55% review on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: It's not a dark comedy and drama for nothing...
    • Everyone partying it up before the end of the world. Patton Oswalt's character reveling in the loose sex he's been having since the reports is the cherry on top.
    • The whole Friendsy's scene. Everyone looks like a bunch of ravers (and are even rolling on ecstasy or getting stoned) and just accepting anyone that's coming in.
    • The random guy in the police station, wearing a sandwich board proclaiming the end is nigh. Dodge calls him "a peaceful, validated man."
    • Dodge returning home after being on the road for about a week and finding his housekeeper Elsa still there, cleaning as if it's not the last day before the end of the world. Dodge's reaction: "Are you shitting me?!" Doubles as sort of a Heartwarming moment, since Elsa considers Dodge her friend and continues to work, whether or not she is aware of what's been going on.
      • Can double as a tearjerker as no one in a civilized society wouldn't know what was happening. People cope with situations different ways and for Elsa that is treating everyday like there will be a tomorrow. The alternative for her may just be too much for her to stand.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Several.
    • Dodge and Penny falling in love even with the chaos around them.
    • Dodge and his estranged father repairing their relationship before the end of the world.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Since the film is literally about The End of the World as We Know It. However the film seems to be attempting to subvert this, and we get a Bittersweet Ending instead of a Downer Ending.
  • Fanfic Fuel: What Dodge wrote on his letter to Olivia.
  • Genius Bonus: There really is an asteroid called Mathilde.
  • Girl Show Ghetto: Many critics attacked the film because they saw it as a Chick Flick with apocalyptic themes. It was later noted that similar criticisms fell on a lot of films by female directors.
  • Love to Hate: Owen, Penny's whiny hipster Man Child ex.
  • One-Scene Wonder: There's a few of them.
    • Owen barely appears and has about five minutes of screen time - and yet is hilarious and Love to Hate for many.
    • Karen at the party, who Dodge's friends try to set him up with. Bonus points for coming in an outrageous outfit, declaring she's wearing whatever she never wore before.
    • Martin Sheen as Dodge's estranged father.
  • One True Pairing: Dodge and Penny are this for fans of the film.
  • Tear Jerker: Where the hell do we even START?
    • Penny's phone call home is utterly devastating.
    • The silent nod between Dodge and his father as he puts Penny on the plane.
    • Dodge comforting Penny at the end as the asteroid nears.
      • The first loud noise from the impact, and Penny's face when its heard.
    • "Elsa?! Why are you still here? GO HOME!"
      • That part is even worse when you understand that Elsa is pleading with him in Spanish because she considers Dodge her friend.
    • The TV anchor signing off and saying "God bless you all."
    • The ultimate Fridge Horror with each "Last..." thing shown is how everything in civilization is slowly stopping, being ground to a halt. No more publications, or music, or new things. All of the children/infants seen in the film? Their lives are over before even beginning. Many of them won't even be fully aware of what's happening.
    • "I'm really glad I got to know you."
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