This Is the End (2013)

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This Is the End (2013)
  • Time: 107 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Fantasy
  • Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
  • Cast: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen

Storyline:

The comedy “This Is The End” follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.

3 reviews

  • I was truly surprised by this film. I almost took it out of the player in the first 15 minutes, but I decided to stick with it. Boy, was I rewarded or what! It’s not everyday you get to see a film with all characters going by their real names and having the plot to showcase a glimpse as to how actors interact off screen. I haven’t laughed this hard all year watching an adult comedy. Definitely a pleaser if you aren’t a prude and can overlook societal issues like religious convictions. The main characters kept the film flowing and you have to hand it to the writers who did an exceptional job (unless of course ad lib was highly encouraged). This film is mostly dialogue driven with a fair amount of action. If you get it, don’t get discouraged early, stick with it and you’ll be handsomely rewarded!

  • This is the End is a comedy movie that gathers some of the biggest names in modern comedy in an unusual set-up. All of the actors play themselves (or better, the somewhat alternative versions of themselves) while they’re trying to survive in an end of the world scenario. Initially, when I heard of this movie and its premise, I thought this would be yet another lame stoner comedy (with the exception of a good cast). But, fortunately, I was wrong.

    The movie’s main character/actor is Jay Baruchel, who visits his old friend Seth Rogen in Los Angeles. Jay doesn’t like the LA lifestyle and just wants to spend a quiet weekend with Seth smoking pot, playing video games and slacking off. However, Seth wants the both of them to go to James Franco’s housewarming party. Jay reluctantly accepts Seth’s offer. At the party, the two of them meet some of their old acquaintances (James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robertson) and also see some other stars enjoying themselves (like Rihanna, Emma Watson, Michael Cera). Seth seems to have a good time at the party while Jay is bored. Eventually, natural disasters start occurring, breaking the party, killing a bunch of party guests and leaving only six men in the safety of James Franco’s house – Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robertson, jonah Hill, James Franco and Danny McBride.

    The thing that caught me by surprise the most in This is the End was that Jay Baruchel is the movie’s protagonist. It was a risky choice to give the main role to the, arguably, least known actor of the bunch. Nevertheless, that turned out to be really a good decision, since Jay has a quite decent acting range and managed to carry the movie even when it was exploring some issues outside the realms of comedy. Speaking of this issues, This is the End is much more than a brain-dead comedy. It also deals with topics like social relationships, human nature in friendships and the course of growing apart from someone you hold dear. Of course, none of this makes This is the End a particularly intelligent movie but it does, however, elevate the movie above your average everyday modern comedy.

    Still, writing about all of this is getting me a little aside from the main argument – the movie’s humour. After all, what is a comedy without its humour? The humour in This is the End is rather good, I found myself laughing quite a few times. A large portion of the dialogue in the movie was ad-libbed, which was great, since the majority of the actors in the movie are experienced comedians and this way they managed to show off their skills. All in all, This is the End is worth watching, and not for the laugh value alone. The only bad thing I can say about this movie is that towards the end it gets a little too cheesy and predictable, but I’m pretty sure some people will consider this discontent as pure nitpicking. Either way, I think it’s safe to say that This is the End is a movie that will satisfy many and disappoint only a rare few.

    Rating: 8/10

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  • “Emma Watson showed up–Hermione just stole all of our shit!”

    For a film that took years in the making to have all schedules open and synced, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny Mcbride and Craig Robinson team up to film their version of the apocalypse. And it was worth the wait.

    This is the End features the directorial début of longtime besties and collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad and Pineapple Express writing partner) who deliver non-stop comedic romps and punchlines from page to screen with no limitations of raunchiness. The film is an extension of the 2007 short “Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse,” but this disaster flick’s edge relies solely on what we love these guys for—comedic chemistry and improvisation.

    The cast of characters all play an alternate, self-deprecating version of themselves with a few traits comparable to their real life personas; although I don’t think Danny McBride is a cannibal nor Michael Cera a sex-crazed coke fiend. The film reunites longtime Canadian pals Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel in Los Angeles, where Jay drops in to visit Seth for a weekend of video gaming and weed smoking. While Seth’s celebrity status over the past few years has sky-rocketed outside of Jay’s moderate success, Jay makes it clear that he’s uncomfortable adapting to the superficial Hollywood scene. When Seth invites Jay to a party hosted by James Franco, Jay apprehensively agrees to join Seth with his fellow comedic Brat Pack.

    After a few bouts of socializing at the party (Craig Robinson defining Jay as a hipster because he “complains a lot and his pants are awfully tight at the bottom” is hilarious), Jay decides to bow out of the party to grab some cigarettes with Seth at a nearby convenience store. This is when the Rapture begins, and strange beams start sucking people into the sky and mass chaos erupts in the streets. The quest for survival and the greatest test of friendship ensues as James Franco’s bachelor pad becomes the ultimate fortress after the fatalities of celebrities in the hellish sink hole in Franco’s front yard (read: Michael Cera, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari all meet their demise quickly, so don’t get too attached to them).

    The apocalypse survivors include: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny Mcbride and Craig Robinson. Friendships are tested when anxiety levels heighten as the food/water supply diminishes, and rabid creatures are discovered roaming the streets. The hilarity ensues, and it never stops.

    The dirty humor and the natural candor between these guys has never ceased to impress me–Pineapple Express, Superbad and Knocked Up all reign as 21st century comedy classics; if you couldn’t tolerate the humor in those films, than you might as well skip this one. But if you ask me, these guys are damn funny, and this may be their best work together yet. Their humor doesn’t digest well with everyone, which always amazes me that people don’t know what they’re getting into with the names Rogen, Hill and Franco attached to a project.

    Maybe I have an immature boyish mentality, but I wasn’t squirming in my seat…I was laughing uncontrollably. That’s the kind of humor you can expect between these guys, and don’t expect anything less!!

    Aside from the raunchy phallic jokes and overtly dramatic violence, This is the End offers a vision of morality and friendship that translates as a sincere message as opposed to a cheesy horror spoof. It’s a feat that only these comedic bros can get away with. It seems these guys have proven themselves worthy of filling the seats of 21st century throne of the kings of comedy.

    *The film is also the acting (or looking pretty in the background) début of myself and friend Norma; I thought it’d be a genius idea to be extras at James Franco’s party, but the grueling hours and draining New Orleans heat only kept us one out of four shooting days (whoops! sorry y’all!), but we managed to capture four seconds of screen time fame. The scene required us to dress as “hipsters,” which we apparently didn’t quite grasp, because they re-dressed us immediately. The Seth Rogen laugh is as adorable as everyone says it is, Jay Baruchel is much taller than I suspected (and extremely precious), James Franco was the least friendliest (but overall everyone was very gracious and down to Earth) and the amount of freedom they have with the dialogue is incredible–they are improv geniuses!

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