I loved watching Seeking a Friend for the End of the World because it really opened my eyes to the possibilities. Let’s play “what if” shall we?
What if, on TV, we were told a giant asteroid was heading for earth and we were given three weeks to live? This is the premise behind Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. There are people who fall apart. There are people who still go to work every day even if they only have three weeks to live. There are those who lose all the inhibitions. Then there are those who prepare for survival. Doomsday Preppers, anyone?
There’s this scene in the movie where Dodge (our male lead) goes to a friend’s End of the World party. It’s almost like Thanksgiving, except it has excessive booze, heroin injections, kids being given martinis to chug, and a potential orgy. Basically, anything goes.
Will "anything goes" happen when we know the world is ending in X amount of time?
Through the course of the film, Dodge meets Penny, the flighty romantic who helps him find the love of his life. Of course, and this is not a spoiler, they are the ones who end up falling in love with each other. It’s a heart-warming romance. Almost feel good if it weren’t for the giant asteroid—which we never see, by the way—headed toward earth.
From beginning to end I hoped the asteroid wouldn’t hit. I guess I’ve been desensitized by all the end of the world movies I’ve seen where the world is saved by the United States. Maybe it’s because, no matter how hopeless the circumstance, I still hold on to a better outcome. I will admit the ending shocked me even if I knew it was coming. Really, folks, the world ends in this one. But, at least, Penny and Dodge found each other and were able to spend their last moments on earth loving one another.
I think Seeking a Friend for the End of the World portrayed to the best of its ability what would really happen if the human race was given a finite amount of time to live. When Sandy hit, my mother called a family friend whose sister—also a dear family friend—lives in New York.
Our family friend said, “It’s the end of the world.”
My mother’s response, “That’s good. At least we all get to die together.”
My mother isn’t usually this morbid, but you have to admit that she makes a lot of sense. Today, we live in a world where a majority of people don’t know when they will die. It could be tomorrow, it could be years from now. But what if we know we only have three weeks to live because of an asteroid? Will we leave that soul sucking job we always hated? Will we finally take that dream vacation we’ve always thought about? Will we take strides to fulfilling our dreams? Will we say “I love you” and really mean it to the ones we treasure the most in our lives? Will we not be afraid to fall in love?
I think the end of the world can be a liberating thing. When you have nothing to lose, you take chances. Time becomes precious. It’s worth thinking about, don’t you think?