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on December 22, 2013
Hollywood has made millions out of dramatizing the pending apocalypse, but what if the apocalypse were to happen in Hollywood itself? Like, for real.

Well, Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg think they know what it would be like and, in “This is the End,” they’ve gathered some of the industry’s hottest young stars - James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and Rogan himself, all playing themselves - to illustrate it for us.

The question is: how do these guys - who get paid mega-bucks to essentially play at make-believe all day - do when confronted with a real-life crisis, one designed to test their mettle and their basic humanity, in which courage, heroism, self-sacrifice, quick thinking and dexterity with firearms may be the keys to survival? Turns out, just about as well as the rest of us mere mortals would. And that’s the kernel upon which Rogan and Goldberg build their affectionate satire, as the boys hunker down in James Franco’s pad in the Hollywood Hills to try and ride out biblical doomsday in all its high-tech/CGI/matte-painted glory.

The filmmakers capture the pampered movie star lifestyle with canny accuracy: the orgiastic partying, the drinking and casual drug use, the conspicuous consumption, rampant self-indulgence and egotism run amok. Is it any wonder, then, that none of these Hollywood types are deemed worthy of being sucked up in the rapture, but are instead left behind to fend for themselves and to think long and hard about why they couldn’t go with all those other good people? And are they truly past redemption or is there some way to still make amends for a life poorly lived so that they too can take that light beam shuttle to the sky?

In addition to the leads, fellow celebrities Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, Paul Rudd, Rihanna, Channiing Tatum and The Backstreet Boys make cameo appearances either before or after the cataclysmic event.

Deftly blurring that fine line between fact and fiction, this super-meta movie features fun, self-deprecating performances and a sly and knowing script laced with amusing parodies of sci-fi/horror and action movie cliches.

Clever and amusing.
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VINE VOICEon June 17, 2013
One of the great things about THIS IS THE END is the concept. It's a bit obnoxious...but it's also really darn clever. An "end of the world" movie starring actors like Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco & Craig Robinson PLAYING THEMSELVES! These actors and a number of their Hollywood friends (Danny McBride, Michael Cera, Paul Rudd, Aziz Ansari and most randomly Rihanna and Emma Watson) all assemble at a party at James Franco's house just when all hell literally breaks loose. True, it sounds a bit self-important and self-indulgent...but who cares when the results are as obscene and hilarious at it all turns out.

This end of the world scenario involves the biblical apocalypse, and it all starts with the rapture, as people all around are suddenly drawn up to the skies by heavenly tractor beams. This is witnessed by Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogan...and they run back to the raucous house party only to discover that NO ONE has been raptured from amongst these Hollywood partiers. That alone is pretty hilarious.

As the scenario plays out, horrible things happen to many of the stars until only a few are left to ride out the end, trapped in Franco's house with a woefully under-stocked pantry. The "plot" of the film isn't terribly important, to be honest...the fun is in watching these guys play versions of themselves that are HIGHLY unflattering, and yet not necessarily so far off the mark to be totally unbelievable (although I sure hope Michael Cera is NOTHING like his character in the film...absolutely disturbing and hilarious). Seth Rogan has some fun riffing on the idea that he plays the same character in all his films. Baruchel HATES all these guys. Jonah Hill comes off as effete and creepy. (And Emma Watson gets to drop some f-bombs and endure some funny Hermione jokes.) And James Franco is looser than he's been in awhile...reminding us of why he became such a big start in recent years.

It's a sloppy film that feels like it was LOADS of fun to make. The laughs are frequent (and frequently around some pretty R-rated material...this film is not for delicate constitutions). The budget is high enough to allow for some pretty amusing sight gags. The jokes and insults fly fast...this is certainly a movie that will reward a repeat viewing, as there is no way to catch everything the first time. And yet, as is often the case with Seth Rogan related comedies, the film has a heart as well. I'm not going to say it's "moving"...but it has moments of redemption which is important, because I think the film might come off as too mean-spirited without them. We need the "soft" moments to take off the edge. This tendency is what has made movies like KNOCKED UP or SUPERBAD into classics...the fact that underneath the edgy, foul-mouthed, "screw it all" attitude is some old-fashioned feeling.

THIS IS THE END doesn't always work. The jokes and bits come so frequently that some of them must misfire. Danny McBride and James Franco have a lengthy scene together in which they discuss...well, let's just say it involves McBride's self-abuse proclivities...and it goes on for too long. It's funny at first, but then just crosses the line. This is a film that really tries hard to come up to the line over and over...sometimes it crosses over with crassness and sometimes just by letting the jokes go on a few beats too long. But it HITS far more than it misses.

THIS IS THE END is VERY funny and very offensive (in the best possible way). It is deeply politically incorrect (yea!). It is certainly not for everyone. If you like the group of actors mentioned and the films referenced, it should please you immensely. But if you've seen 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN and hated it and wondered what the fuss was about...it's unlikely you'd want to spend your time with this film. I really enjoyed it myself, and certainly would highly recommend it to the RIGHT group of friends.
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on August 28, 2014
I purchased this movie without seeing it as was very hesitant. Whenever I hype a movie to myself, I always feel disappointed. Not with this one. Best movie purchase I have made in a long time. Very entertaining from beginning to end with classic quotes from many different characters.
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on December 29, 2014
This is one of the funniest, original movies ever! Guess what, all of you whiners about the language and raunchy humor...IT'S RATED R FOR A REASON! If you don't like this movie, get your sense of humor checked for a pulse. If you know these guys' movies, you know it's gonna be raunchy, loaded with f-bombs and funny as hell. Biblical accuracy was more than likely not at the top of their production notes.
It's the improvisation and little things said that you don't always immediately catch that make this movie so hilarious, and the ending is great, regardless of the entertainment choice. I highly recommend this movie. I'm a 43-yr old mother of 2 young girls (who will NOT be allowed to watch this...ever, lol) with a 25-yr career, a nice home, 4 animals and I don't find this movie offensive in any way. Lighten up, folks!
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on February 14, 2016
This movie has some of my favorite actors in it.

I think this movie is underrated. Anyone that is going to watch this movie needs to know that it's not a serious movie and they need to watch it with the right sense of humor. I laughed through this whole movie. It is very, very ridiculous but has a good story line to it. It is very over the top and whacky but anyone who is a fan of James Franco, Seth Rogan, Danny McBride, and all the other hilarious actors in this movie, will love it.

Also if you purchase this you have to check out the bonus features. The deleted scenes and bloopers had me laughing so hard I was crying.
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on January 3, 2014
The conceit here is a bunch of actors playing themselves holed up in the Hollywood mansion of James Franco as the Apocalypse unfurls outside the door. The reality is it's just a bunch of dudes partying and pushing the envelope as to what you can say and do in an "R" rated movie. Whether you like this movie or not depends on whether you would like to spend an extended amount of time with these guys and to me the answer is a resounding yes. Terrific parody of "The Exorcist". Target audience is probably stoner guys but my wife liked it.
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on June 2, 2015
This is an OK movie. If you've seen any of seth rogans other movies like Pineapple Express, The Interview, The 40 Yeaer Old Virgin then you know what to expect: drugs, unnecessary raunch and crassness all interlaced with humor. It ran a bit long in my opinion. At about the one hour mark it seemed to lose steam but the concept of this movie is a good one. For me the raunch seemed to take away from the movie and the humor, not eitirely but it just seemed they put some of it in there just to put it in there. There was no point to it at all and when that's the case then it becoems a distraction, at least for me. It is worth a watch just to see them all scared out of their minds as they watch the end of the world happen all around them. I cracked up several times.
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on April 22, 2016
Most awesome movie, ever. Period. Anyone who disagrees with me is either too old, and/or too prudish to appreciate this kind of humor (and I'm no youngster). The acting is great, the effects are awesome, cameos are funny, music is perfect, and it moves so fast, not a dull moment. The level of perfection, and tiny details you see on repeated viewings just makes this movie better and better, IMO.
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on September 6, 2015
I am not a huge fan of Seth Rogan, and I truly cannot stand James Franco or his stupid face. However, my husband said that people thought this was funny, so we rented it, and holy crap I'm glad we did. Hilarious. The right blend of silly, weird, slightly creepy, self parody and (spoiler) celebrities falling into a flaming put that I totally look for in a movie. Recommended if you want to see (spoiler again) James Franco get eaten by cannibals. Seriously though... It's funny.
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on January 26, 2014
I had actually never even heard of this movie...I bought it knowing that it had a lot of actors in it that my teenage daughter likes and then she was like, "I can't believe you don't remember this movie coming out in the theatres."
Anyhow, when the Blu-ray (best price was on Amazon) came we had a mother-daughter movie night and I was actually quite entertained. This movie is hilarious as heck!!! A definite must see if you are mature enough to laugh and not be offended, know what I mean? This movie is so totally NOT for young ones though!
In some small ways, this movie reminded me of when Dogma came out when I was Grad-school aged (?) or thereabouts.
JR in VA
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