Excerpt: A raucous vanity project from a slew of comedic minds who should be questioned as to the status of their sanity, This Is the End devastates the R-rating, and questions what the NC-17 is legitimately used for… or what had to be cut in order to fit. Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel play themselves, as does everyone in this absurdly engrossing nightmare turned comedic genius.
Excerpt: Jay Baruchel has come to Los Angeles to hang with his friend Seth Rogen, but after playing video games and smoking pot for a few hours, Seth convinces him to attend a housewarming party at James Franco's house. Once there, all hell literally breaks loose as the Apocalypse has hit the Hollywood Hills, killing everyone at the party except for Jay, Seth, Franco, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson. And that's when Danny McBride shows up.
Conclusion: If you're a fan of this cast and can tolerate extended exposure to off-color humor, you should enjoy This Is the End . Of Team Apatow's past work, it's closest to Pineapple Express in content, so do go in expecting more unpredictability and a genre bend than you'll find in Apatow's own family dramedies.
Conclusion: Is This is the End a good movie? It's not bad, but it's more of an insane horror/comedy spectacle, like a mash-up of Army of Darkness and Cannonball Run . But as those two titles suggest, it's one hell of a good time, rewarding viewers with some big laughs and manic action, before resolving in the kind of ending that would be infuriating if not for the ridiculousness that preceeds it.
Excerpt: There are a handful of movies that come out in a given year that truly pique my interest. It should come as no surprise that This is the End is one of them. Not only does it star some of my favorite actors, but I love films that make fun of themselves and have little “hidden” treasures in them that only a few in the audience will catch.
Conclusion: This is the End won't appeal to every viewer. There's going to be a sharp divide between more progressive and more traditionally conservative audiences in how the film is viewed, not simply its end-times scenario of choice but in the raunchy dialogue and vulgar scenarios that play out through the film.
Excerpt: If celebrities are our modern-day mythic gods, then This Is the End is their Ragnarok, offering a chance to see stars confront a Biblical apocalypse in the midst of their own passive-aggressive squabbling. Built on the simple premise that watching actors playing themselves as they face down catastrophe is inherently more entertaining than watching regular Joes do the same, the film ends up less as a spoof on the disaster genre than a high-concept comedic version of the...
Excerpt: As a writing team, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have had their fair share of ups and downs. Superbad launched them as one of the biggest comedy duos in Hollywood and they kept that success going with Pineapple Express , but neither The Green Hornet nor The Watch really lived up to the standard that audiences had grown to expect.
Excerpt: Were Seth Rogen, James Franco, and every other member of the Judd Apatow entourage to part ways tomorrow, vowing never to work together again, This Is The End would be a fitting swan song for the loose comic collective. That’s not to say that it’s the best or funniest movie the Apatow boys have ever made, or even that it’s a very good movie, in any traditional sense of the word.