This Is The End isn’t for everybody – by a long shot. But for those who enjoy the likes of Pineapple Express, Harold & Kumar, and The Hangover… and maybe a zombie movie or two… then This Is The End is most definitely for you. It’s disturbingly comical. Absurdly funny. Satirically sickening. In other words, it’s quite good, especially for a comedy about the apocalypse. The movie stars a bunch of movie stars playing fictional versions of themselves – or at least, I hope they are fictional versions (yeah, I’m talking to you Michael Cera!). Here’s the gist:
A series of catastrophic events strike Los Angeles, disrupting a blow-out party at James Franco’s house. Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson find themselves virtually trapped inside the house as the world around them falls apart. Their fight for survival amidst the chaos is ultimately a story of friendship, fate, and redemption. And maybe a little damnation too.
This Is the End is loaded with quirky cameos – some more disgusting than others. It all works, in part, because the actors are not above, or below, taking potshots at their most memorable and not-so-memorable roles. If you’re totally unfamiliar with the main cast (Franco, Rogen, Hill, Baruchel, McBride, Robinson), then This Is The End could be painful to watch. But if you’ve got at least some sense of their personas on-screen and off, then prepare to be entertained. And grossed-out.
This Is The End is rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language and some drug use. Yeah, it’s got all that. But it’s pretty darn funny too.