This Is The End
Starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson with a special cameo by half of Hollywood
You have to think that when writer/star Seth Rogen saw The Expendables, a light bulb lit up over his curly head and this laugh fest/mess was born. The plot revolves around the apocalypse, but the storyline plays a very small role here. You’re in those sticky seats to see a group of real life friends, who just happen to be hilarious A-listers, make fun of each other for their real life flops and successes. The first 15 minutes of the film centers around the friendship between Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel, laying the groundwork for the genius back and forth improvised conversation that you’re in for the next hour and a half. There’s a party at Franco’s house where everyone, including a coked-out Michael Cera, is in attendance, bantering the evening away. People start getting sucked up into the sky and before we know it, the six “soft as baby sh**” stars are left to devise a way to survive, and not drive each other crazy in the process. Extremely vulgar dialogue follows and we are left wishing that the remaining members of the pack would die off a little quicker. This Is The End has a few redeemable moments, mostly hinging on the stars’ billion dollar(s) ability to drag out an on-the-spot joke to epic proportions (see McBride vs. Franco), dragging the already filthy punch line through the mud even further to ensure that the point is driven home until you can’t help but laugh at their dedication to their craft. It was a great idea to start; having all these comedic actors/friends in one film playing themselves, but the execution simply fell flat. It’s worth a Red Box.
By Jameson Ketchum