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This is the End

This is the End

What She said:

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How else can I sum up This is the End than to say that it’s crude, sophomoric, somewhat offensive, maybe a little sacrilegious, borderline sexist, immature, and yes, wildly funny.  You have to be familiar with who you’re working with here.  We’ve got Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg at the helm of a disaster flick.  It doesn’t take a genius to figure out which direction this movie would go.  And yet there were some grandparents in the theater.  That’s not to say that they cannot have a raunchy sense of humor, but I have to wonder if they had any idea what they were in for.  

This is the End is about a handful of spoiled pothead actors who are all together partying when Hollywood is stricken with the Apocalypse.  Our main cluster of stars include Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride.  Of course, before the body count begins to add up we have all sorts of cameos—Emma Watson, Michael Cera, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Christopher Mintz-Plasse…the list goes on and on.  Everyone is gathered at Franco’s house, when the depths of hell open up and all heck breaks loose.  At first, only Baruchel seems to have any real sense for what’s going on.  Everyone else is so detached from reality that they don’t even get it.  But as the situation begins to really set in, it’s funny to watch our core group of actors hunker down as they try to survive doomsday. 

This film is a comedy first and foremost.  The plot, well, it’s not overly complicated.  In fact, there’s a point midway through the movie where the overall storyline doesn’t really seem to advance a lick.  But this project focuses on being funny, and it’s the type of humor that Rogan and his friends all embrace.  I can imagine them making this movie, just standing around deciding what the funniest thing they could possibly say would be.  I get the sense there was a lot of improv happening.  I also get the sense that there was probably a lot of weed smoked during film production.  Some of the humor is super immature, and that’s to be expected, but some of it is surprisingly witty, and I appreciated that.  I’m not talking about that dry wit that makes things feel British—you definitely won’t get any of that—but some of the jokes are actually a little smart.

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This is the End is in many ways a parody of the film industry.  It makes a mockery of the lives of these actors, playing up stereotypes to the extreme.  The softer heart of the movie is the relationship between Rogan and Baruchel, two bro-friends who are struggling as they inevitably grow apart.  They must learn to forgive and accept one another for the people that they have become.  Their friendship is stronger than their differences.

I mentioned that I found this movie to be pretty darn hilarious.  I must warn, this funniness does not come without a cost.  There are so many vulgarities in this movie.  I’m talking demon genitalia vulgarities.  So parents, don’t watch this movie with your children; children, don’t watch this movie with your parents.  It could prove very uncomfortable.  There are actually a couple of times they may push the boundaries a little too far for comfort.

Overall, This is the End is quite funny IF (and this is a big IF) you like the Seth Rogan brand of humor.  If not, don’t bother.  But if you like his style, check this movie out.  Brace yourself, it’s a lot of take in.  But if you have an 18 year old’s sense of humor, you’ll probably love it.

Thumbs up.

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What He said:

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Wow, ok then. What does one say about this movie? I will start by saying that, in case you didn’t know, several of the actors in it are pretty much the modern day version of Cheech & Chong. There is a lot of pot head humor going on here.  The other thing that should be noted about this movie is that the actors are playing fictional versions of themselves. James Franco stars James Franco. Seth Rogen is playing Seth Rogen. Get it? The final thing you should know about this movie is that it is completely insane. Completely insane, I tell ya!

Jay Baruchel (played by Jay Baruchel) is visiting his old friend and fellow actor Seth Rogen (played by Seth Rogen) at his house in LA. Jay hates LA and doesn’t go there very often, so this is the first time he’s seen his friend in a while. Knowing that Jay is not a fan of the LA lifestyle, Seth decides to do something nice for his buddy. He buys a ton of weed, junk food, and plans on watching movies and playing video games all weekend. Jay is ecstatic about this…until Seth informs him that James Franco (played by, oh you get the point) is having a housewarming party and Seth promised to make an appearance. Jay is not happy, but agrees to go with his friend.

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You see, Jay is one of Seth’s oldest friends. He is an actor, but has shied away from the stereotypical life of an actor, which Seth’s new friends fully embrace. Jonah Hill, James Franco, Craig Robinson, and several others are not only newer friends of Seth’s, but complete and total party animals. They like loud, obnoxious, drug-filled parties, whereas Jay prefers a smaller more intimate crowd. Jay just wants to smoke some weed and relax by watching a movie or blowing up some bad guys in the latest and greatest the video game world has to offer. There are also some jealousy issues over Seth, whom everyone appears to like and want to be best buds with.  It’s rather amusing watching them compete for his friendship. James Franco in particular seems to have a rather odd obsession with his buddy Seth Rogen.

Jay tries to blend in, but he’s really uncomfortable at the party. It’s not his scene, plus he doesn’t really care for Seth’s friends. So, he decides to fake a cigarette run and asks Seth to come with him. While at the store, Jay tells Seth that he is going to head back to his house and they can meet up when Seth comes home from the party. Seth wants him to come back to the party, try to enjoy himself, and make more of an effort to blend in. In the middle of their conversation something happens. The apocalypse!

The survivors are forced to band together, put aside their differences, and attempt to figure out what the hell is going on.

This movie reminded me a lot of the 40 Year Old Virgin (review here) in some ways. It is raunchier than hell, but clever. It doesn’t have the heart Virgin does, but makes up for it with utter ridiculousness. What do you get when you put several actors – comedic actors no less – in a situation where they are forced to fight for their survival? A lot of foul language, crude humor, and more laughs than I can count. When I first saw the trailer for this, I thought I would like it, but you never know with comedies. Sometimes the best jokes are in the trailer. This one didn’t disappoint. It was one insane situation after another. Sometimes in comedies when they drag a joke out, it gets old, but this movie manages to make you laugh just as hard all throughout. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote a funny movie. James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and Jay Baruchel delivered hilarious performances. It’s hard to say who the best was, because every time you were leaning towards one of them, another would come out with something extremely funny. It was a great effort by all involved.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was given the He said, She said seal of approval on June 19, 2013.

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