This is the End is the most disturbing, disgusting, revolting piece of movie magic you will see this summer. Not just the usual gross out humor, it’s a smart and original take on the apocalypse. Following how celebrities James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride handle the end of the world. Each actor plays over the top versions of themselves, poking fun at tabloid rumors and their public personas; Rogen is a pothead, Franco is gay, Hill has a big head after his Oscar nomination (at one point he says, “Hi God, it’s me, Jonah Hill, from Moneyball.”) Half of the time you are going to think to yourself, “WHAT AM I WATCHING?!?” while still laughing uncontrollably. Be prepared to be a little scared, and laugh hard enough that your sides hurt.
Jay Baruchel heads to Los Angeles for a fun filled, video game playing, pot smoking weekend with his old pal Seth Rogen. Jay hates the Hollywood scene and is not pleased to hear they are heading to James Franco’s Hollywood Hills fortress home for a party with anyone who has ever appeared in a Judd Apatow production, plus a few others like
Rhianna, Aziz Ansari, and Emma Watson (just to name a few). Seemingly nice guy Michael Cera is a coked out, sleazy, grabby mess who has caught the attention of Mindy Kaling who is desperate to go home with him. Jay is bored by the party within minutes and heads out to the store for munchies and cigarettes, Rogen joins him and while they are arguing over what to do next suddenly blue beams from the sky start sucking people up into the clouds. The ground is rumbling and shaking, and the Hollywood Hills are ablaze. They run
back to the party to see nothing has happened to Franco’s home (yet). The rapture is happening, and it seems all these celebrities weren’t virtuous enough to get sucked up to heaven. Instead a giant hole opens up in Franco’s front yard and begins sucking party guests into the hell fire. Baruchel, Rogen, Franco, Hill, Robinson and party crasher Danny McBride have to work together if there is any hope for
Jam packed with hilarious celebrity appearances, This is the End is the laugh riot of the summer. At times it goes over the top, at times you will want to cover your eyes; at times you may even be grossed out enough to get sick to your stomach. But if you can get through that, or if you are sick of Michael Cera and want to see him impaled by a
street light- then This is the End is the perfect movie for you. Plus, if you ever wanted to see a sequel to Pineapple Express you can see the home video version in the middle of the movie.
If you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest you get to a theatre ASAP. Skip work if you have to, just see it as soon as possible. As long as you aren’t squeamish, you will not regret it.
In theatres now
1 hour 59 minutes