'This Is The End' exceeds low expectations with lowbrow humor and high cultural intelligence
If you do not like graphic drug use, graphic language or graphic sexual references with a touch of nudity, some violence and a little gore thrown in on the side, then “This Is The End” is not for you. This film is not kid-friendly or Mormon-friendly, but it is surprisingly good. The movie is a smart satire that creates a world that we would all be a part of if the world ended.
This is exactly (minus the drugs) how I picture the apocalypse going if I am still around when the Rapture comes – and I have always suspected that I would still be around. It is also exactly how I picture drug use to be, but that is kind of a side note.
A lot of apocalyptic movies are told from the point of view of the almost Christians. People who were on the border of Christianity – basically good, had a family member that was a good Christian that tried to bring them into the flock, but for some personal reason could not come to grips with there being a God.
This is clearly from the point of view of the heathens. There are a lot of funny laughs, even if the laughs come from sophomoric humor. Just when you think the film is going to delve into the relationships of the friends, something happens to remove the boring stuff that doesn’t need to be said once you know it is coming.
Everyone plays a character version of him or herself in this film. Rihanna, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Michael Cera… Clearly, they had fun with the film. Rogen and Jay Baruchel had real chemistry as did the rest of the cast.
Emma Watson has the longest cameo in the film. I wish she had more to do in the film. I especially wanted her to have more lines, but as it stands, her entrance and exit are memorable.
If you like watching celebrities get wasted, this is the film for you. At matinee prices, I would say go see this film with your buddies.
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