Really, I am. Go out and have a swig of alcoholic beverages that I am not legally allowed to consume? No, thank you; I would rather curl up with a good movie or a witty book. During my sophomore year of high school, one of the required summer reading books was Freakanomics – a book about not so typical questions asked by witty economist Steven D. Levitt and award-winning journalist Stephen J. Dubner. Now, several years after, as I enter my sophomore year of college, I have finally acquired a copy of the sequel that I cannot put down – Super Freakanomics. I’m only halfway through with the novel and I’m already satisfied with everything it has to offer. I’m a sucker for a little bit of sass in my literature, so naturally, I would laugh at the banter that the authors provide along with unconventional questions such as “How is a street prostitute like a department store Santa?” and “Why should suicide bombers buy life insurance?” You’ll have to obtain a copy of the book to find out the answers to these odd questions.
To continue my proclamation of nerdy-ness, I will now attempt to persuade you to venture to the theater and watch a movie that is not as highly advertised as the summer blockbusters. The other night I spontaneously agreed to watch Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. I had seen the poster several times, and watched the trailer after thinking to myself “that was a fairly well designed movie poster.” However, I kept telling myself that the title was too much of a mouthful for anyone to have a sudden desire to see, especially since there did not seem to be that much hype, even though it boasted strong protagonists Keira Knightley and Steve Carrell – two of my favorite actors. The movie starts off a bit on the rough end since the majority of the scenes used in the trailer are shown during the first portion of the movie. The Facebook page gives the following synopsis for the movie:
Set in a too-near future, the movie explores what people will do when humanity’s last days are at hand. As the journeys of Dodge (Carell) and Penny (Knightley) converge, the two spark to each other and their outlooks – if not the world’s – brighten.
It definitely isn’t one of those action packed, obvious, in your face, go watch this now type of movies, but it definitely is a must see. It’s a cute story that I would recommend seeing if you’re looking for a movie that isn’t too sappy, scary, or action packed. Following the Godilocks model, it’s not too sappy, not too generically funny, but just the right combination of both.