THIS IS THE END
Making Fun of the Apocalypse
Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel,
James Franco, Jonah Hill,
Craig Robinson, Danny McBride,
Emma Watson, Michael Cera,
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 107 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony
Director: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen,
Lawrence Grey, James Weaver
Executive Producer: Jay Baruchel, Jason Stone,
Barbara A. Hall, Kyle Hunter,
Nathan Kahane, Ariel Schaffer
Producer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Writer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
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The movie’s whole celebrity cast portrays themselves in the movie. The story starts with actor Seth Rogen picking up his old friend, Jay Baruchel, at the airport. The two spend the day playing video games and smoking pot. Seth convinces Jay to come with him to a party at James Franco’s house. Jay is reluctant because he feels uncomfortable around Franco and Seth’s other new friends, especially Jonah Hill who Jay claims is very condescending. Sure enough, Hill appears overly friendly when Jay arrives with Seth at the party.
More drugs and alcohol are consumed at the party. Also at the party are actor Michael Cera and comedian Craig Robinson. Seth and Jay get separated, but Seth eventually agrees to go with Jay to the nearby convenience store to pick up some cigarettes and get some munchies.
While they’re in the store, a massive earthquake strikes. Seth gets knocked down on the floor, and Jay sees several people lifted up into the sky by a blue light.
With chaos all around them, Seth and Jay make it back to Franco’s house. Another massive quake hits, and everyone runs outside, where a massive sinkhole opens up and many celebrities and groupies plummet to their deaths into some lava far below. The only survivors are Seth, Jay, Craig, Franco, Jonah, and comic actor Danny McBride, who was sleeping in an upstairs bathtub during the earthquakes.
They all hole up in Franco’s house, but the food and water start running out. They also hear monster sounds coming from outside. This is especially true when one stranger sticks his head through a hole in the door and some thing outside chops off his head.
Jay is convinced the biblical Apocalypse has happened, but the others mock his conclusion because they didn’t see the people lifted up by the blue lights. Besides, these are very hedonistic, young Hollywood celebrities with foul mouths who love to party and do drugs.
Jay turns out to be right, however. The world outside Franco’s house is literally on fire, with demons and demonic beasts roaming the countryside devouring all those they encounter. Will Jay and his buddies be able to survive, much less save their souls?
THIS IS THE END is a wild and raucous action comedy. It’s also extremely raunchy, with constant strong foul language and abundant lewd references. Though God, Jesus, Heaven, and Hell turn out to be true in the story, the movie spoofs the biblical Apocalypse and things like demonic possession. It also spoofs the Hollywood celebrities who appear in it. Despite the latter, the movie seems to condone, or at least make light of, the stars’ constant foul language, lewd sexual humor, and drug use. The combination results in one of the most foul-mouthed, raunchy, and drug-promoting movies ever made. Some of the violence is way over the top, though some of it is admittedly fun and funny. Finally, more outlandish and unbiblical notions about the Apocalypse may deserve some spoofing, but THIS IS THE END isn’t the way to do it. In fact, the repetitious foul language, lewd content and drug use is a strong sign of poor writing. Maybe the whole cast and crew were high on drugs while creating THIS IS THE END.
THIS IS THE END is a wild and raucous action comedy. It’s also extremely raunchy, with constant strong foul language and abundant lewd references. Though God, Jesus, Judgment Day, Heaven, and Hell turn out to be true in the story, the movie spoofs the Apocalypse and things like demonic possession. It also spoofs the Hollywood celebrities who appear in it. Finally, the movie promotes drug use. The abhorrent content in THIS IS THE END is too strong, too frequent, and too offensive to recommend this movie to anyone.