Just as what happened in the late 90s with Deep Impact and Armageddon, Dante’s Peak and Volcano, and countless other movie pairs, 2013 is seeing its share of near identical movies coming out, starting with Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down and now This Is The End and The World’s End. While we have known that Edgar Wright’s final chapter in the Cornetto trilogy has been coming for a while, This Is The End seemed to come out of nowhere and star everyone’s favorite stoner comedy stars all playing themselves.
Seth Rogan invites Jay Baruchel over to the party at James Franco’s house in Los Angeles and he reluctantly joins. Jay and Seth used to be the best of friends, then Seth went off and starred in Superbad and Knocked Up and now he’s L.A. famous and Jay feels like he’s been left behind. James Franco has an unnatural love for Seth and Jonah Hill just wants everyone to get along. Danny McBride is a dick and Craig Robinson is just there to have a good time, but Michael Cera keeps doing coke and being a general pain. Then the biblical apocalypse happens.
It’s a tale of friendship and hard times during the literal end of the world with plenty of dick and ball jokes to boot. There is such an extensive cast of comedians and other actors, you really have no idea who will show up and the surprise is way better than going on IMDB and figuring it out ahead of time. This is the kind of movie where if some asshole spoiled all the jokes ahead of time you would want to strangle them, but you could still laugh because it’s well written enough to catch you off guard and tickle your funny bone.
I find it hard to accurately describe This Is The End because as a movie, it is competently made, but there’s nothing amazing here. There is no message or amazing plot or anything. For a bunch of comedians who I only assume are atheists, the biblical aspects of the plot are not pushed or made fun of. While some of the characters do seek redemption since their shithead ways trapped them on Earth after the Rapture, this is not a redemption tale, just another plot point. Though the plot isn’t the reason why you’re here.
The jokes are the why you spent $10 to get in the theater or more to own the movie and are they worth the asking price? Well if you don’t think a coked up Michael Cera being a complete ass to everyone is funny or constant, but varying dick jokes to your liking then no, don’t see This Is The End. If you have a good sense of humor and want to laugh at the closest thing our generation is going to make to an adult version of Ghostbusters then you should probably see this movie.
For this type of comedy there’s only one real question: is This Is The End funny? Yes, it’s fucking hilarious. It’s dirty, it’s raunchy, it’s ridiculous and every other minute had me in stitches. This is a movie you own to put on when you’re feeling down because the constant laughter it provides wakes you out of you funk. Drunk, stoner, whatever label you want to put on this, this is your new go to movie when you get inebriated with your friends and you just want to laugh. It also has one of the best endings of a comedy, but that you have to see for yourself.
In Theaters: June 12, 2013
Runtime: 107 min
Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence.
Director: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogan
Cast: Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Emma Watson
Genre: Action, Comedy
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Official Site: http://www.thisistheend.com/site/