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This Is the End

By AP KRYZA
With the underrated and misunderstood Pineapple Express, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride and co-screenwriter Evan Goldberg made a rock-solid American counterpart to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. It was a genre film told from the perspective of the kind of people who consumed such entertainment—in this case, a bunch of dopey stoners caught in the middle of an ’80s action movie. Those who decried it as—or mistook it for—a bad action movie injected with comedy seriously missed the point: What would happen if Lethal Weapon were remade with a pair of seriously high jackasses as the leads? With This Is the End, Rogen and company jump genres to the biblical apocalypse and cast Rogen, Franco, Jonah Hill and almost everyone who’s ever been in a Judd Apatow movie as horrible caricatures of themselves. As the Rapture hits and sends pretty much everybody to heaven—except for those at Franco’s housewarming party—these dudes are perfectly content to sit back, smoke weed and tell dick jokes. Like, a lot of dick jokes. It all sounds juvenile, but for the most part, This Is the End works like gangbusters, particularly in the way the actors lampoon their public personas. There are even some time-capsule moments, particularly a prolonged and heated debate between Franco and McBride regarding the latter’s frequent and explosive ejaculations. These dudes could make any movie fun. That this one happens to have decapitations and a brawl with Satan takes it to another level of stoned-out bliss.
 
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Release Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Critic's Score: B
  • Starring: James Franco [Himself], Jonah Hill [Himself], Seth Rogen [Himself], Jay Baruchel [Himself], Danny McBride [Himself], Craig Robinson [Himself], Michael Cera [Himself], Emma Watson [Herself], Mindy Kaling [Herself], David Krumholtz [Himself], Christopher Mintz-Plasse [Himself], Rihanna [Herself], Martin Starr [Himself], Paul Rudd [Himself], Channing Tatum [Himself], Kevin Hart [Himself], Aziz Ansari [Himself], Samantha Ressler [Karen], Douglas M. Griffin [Father in Store]
  • Directed by: Seth Rogen [Director], Evan Goldberg [Director], Seth Rogen [Screenwriter], Evan Goldberg [Screenwriter], Seth Rogen [Producer], Evan Goldberg [Producer], James Weaver [Producer], Nathan Kahane [Executive Producer], Nicole Brown [Executive Producer], Jason Stone [Executive Producer], Barbara Hall [Executive Producer], Ariel Shaffir [Executive Producer], Kyle Hunter [Executive Producer], Brandon Trost [Cinematographer], Chris Spellman [Production Design], Zene Baker [Film Editor], Henry Jackman [Original Music], Francine Maisler [Casting], Danny Glicker [Costume Designer], Wm. Skinner [Art Director], Helen Britten [Set Decoration]
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