This Is The End

  • Year:2013
  • Rating:MA
  • Director:Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
  • Cast:Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen
  • Release Date:July 18, 2013
  • Distributor:Sony
  • Running time:107 minutes
  • Film Worth:$17.00
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A wild, often hilarious and smartly satirical comedy that will prove irresistible fun for fans.

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Given the concept behind This Is The End – a meta comedy that sees six Hollywood actors playing versions of themselves trapped at James Franco’s house during the apocalypse – the fear was that this may end up playing as one big, self-indulgent in-joke. But while bewildering for those unfamiliar with the Judd Apatow clan, for fans, this raunchy, daring and gleeful comedy comes up trumps.

The film opens with Jay Baruchel arriving in LA for what he hopes is a relaxing weekend of weed and video games with his old friend, Seth Rogen. But he soon finds himself dragged along to an epic shindig at Franco’s house, where he feels out of place with Rogen’s new posse of friends. But the party (a parade of inspired cameos) is broken up when Judgment Day declares itself via one shattering earthquake, and Rogen and a reluctant Baruchel are forced to seek shelter with Franco in his mansion, alongside Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and a food-stealing Danny McBride.

While wildly silly, the premise – that the apocalypse is happening, and most of the population is beamed up to heaven except for a small group that includes six narcissistic actors – is a wickedly good one. In their directorial debut, co-writers, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, deliver an outrageous but smartly grounded comedy that’s brilliantly self-deprecating in the way that it satirises each of the actors’ personas, and celebrity culture at large. Nothing seems off limits here. Franco is mocked for his artwork, pretentiousness and sexuality, while Jonah Hill’s post-Oscar nomination smugness is hilariously exposed when he opens a prayer to God with, “It’s Jonah Hill, from Moneyball.” These one-liners fly thick and fast, and ensure that This Is The End is a real blast to watch.

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