Rob’s Review: This Is The End

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Letter Grade:

The Good:

Good performances from actors, including a standout appearance by Michael Cera
Excellent satire
Very funny if this is your type of comedy

The Bad:

Quite campy and cheesy.
Special effects aren't great.
Dirty subject matter will turn many off.

Cast & Crew:

Writer: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Director: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Stars: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson

Rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence

Fair warning, don’t pay too much attention to the letter grade on this one, your enjoyment of This Is The End is going to vary greatly depending on your taste. It’s ridiculous, cheesy, and over-the-top, but it works a lot better than I expected it to.

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The actors play versions of themselves here.  and  are best friends who have drifted apart after Rogen moved to Hollywood and Baruchel stayed behind in Canada. Rogen has made friends with , and  (to the extent that anyone can be friends with McBride) and Baruchel is threatened by this.  Rogen tries to bring them all together at a party at Franco’s house while Baruchel is in town. Things at the party don’t go well, and THEN the apocalypse happens.  The worthy are raptured up into Heaven, which leaves the unworthy (including everybody at the party) to be tormented on Earth. The group holes up in Franco’s house to avoid the raging fires, giant sinkholes, and marauding demons.

This setup provides This Is The End with some excellent opportunities to comment on the Hollywood lifestyle and celebrities in general, and it makes the most of those opportunities. This isn’t an action movie where everybody seems to have advanced survival skills, these are Hollywood actors with little real life experience, and barely as much common sense. It winds up resembling “Real World: Apocalypse”…

This is the true story… of six celebrities… forced to live in a house… work together and ration supplies… to find out what happens… when the world comes to an end… and start getting real…

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There are even little confessional segments as they seem to revert back to what they know best, filming themselves. They even make a sequel to Pineapple Express. There’s a lot more actual, good satire here than you might expect, but don’t get me wrong, this movie is also filthy, there are drugs, cursing and penises everywhere. If you have more than a small objection to any of those this movie won’t be for you.

The main actors were all very good, it’s nice for one of Franco’s characters to have a reason for him to act like he’s perpetually stoned.  is good in a smaller role and  stands out playing against type.

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The special effects aren’t great. Whether intentional or not, they tend toward the campy side of things. As a comedy though, it worked for me. There’s a small lull in the middle, but I found myself laughing throughout the rest of the movie. It’s half disaster movie spoof, half 40 Year Old Virgin, and half Pineapple Express. It never takes itself too seriously and ultimately has a good heart at its center, somewhere under all the filth.

Rob Bernard (108 Posts)

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