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.
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.
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: Seth Rogen�s philosophy for Pineapple Express was that it�d be funny to see stoners incompetently fighting bad guys in an action thriller. This Is the End follows that formula, switching to apocalyptic survival: Rogen survives the end of the world with Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel and Pineapple Express co-stars James Franco, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson.
Excerpt: "This Is the End" is a creative comedy that plays like one stupendous inside-joke the audience is invited to. Although there are stretches of tedium at times, memorably hilarious scenes are never too far away. The self-referential and defacing style is bolstered by a witty script and a superb cast willing to mock themselves, with a host of high-profile cameos providing some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments. Juvenile, crude, and funny till the end.