18 June 2012 8:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The end of the word is nigh in this enjoyably offbeat rom-com from the first-time writer-director Lorene Scafaria. Very nigh indeed – in a few short weeks, a gigantic asteroid will slam into Earth, wiping out all of mankind. Which is especially bad news for Steve Carell's newly single insurance salesman. Because the only thing worse than dying in an apocalyptic firestorm, this film suggests, is dying alone and unloved. Essentially, Scafaria has re-imagined Lars Von Trier's planet-smashing gloomfest Melancholia as a quirky road movie in the spirit of Alexander Payne's About Schmidt. Scafaria is

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