With an asteroid about to obliterate the Earth, jilted schlub Dodge (Carell) and his British next-door neighbour Penny (Knightley) embark on a mutually beneficial road trip: he will get her to a plane so she can return to family in Blighty; in return, she will help him track down Olivia, the real love of his life.
A decidedly human respite from all the superhero action. Perhaps not as funny or affecting as you’d hope, but Carell and Knightley make for good company for the darkest days.
Reviewed by Ian Freer
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