Romantic-movie premises don't get less promising than the one in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" which may be why the results, though downbeat and melancholy, are so pleasing.
When writer and first-time director Lorene Scafaria says "end of the world" in her title, she means it. The movie begins with a couple sitting in a car, listening to the news on the radio that the last attempt to prevent a global cataclysm an asteroid named Matilda crashing into the planet has failed, and everyone on Earth has three weeks to live. The man in the car, Dodge (Steve Carell), reacts calmly, while his wife (played by Carell's real-life wife, Nancy Walls Carell) gets out of the car and runs away, never to be seen again.
Dodge, an emotionally remote insurance salesman in New Jersey, tries to resume a normal life though that's difficult when his co-workers have abandoned the office, some of them through upper-story windows. At a dinner party, his friend Warren (Rob Corddry) has given up trying to raise his kids, while Warren's wife, Diane (Connie Britton), tries to set Dodge up with the flighty Karen (Melanie Lynskey).