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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Seth Rogen
James Franco
Jay Baruchel
Jonah Hill.
Directors
Seth Rogen
Evan Goldberg.
Screenwriters
Evan Goldberg
Seth Rogen.
Running Time
107 minutes

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Plot
Jay Baruchel comes to LA to visit his good friend Seth Rogen. Although Baruchel hates the Hollywood lifestyle, he’s dragged along to a party at James Franco’s house. The party is everything he fears, until the end of the world begins, which is much worse.


Review
This Is The End

Self-parody is a tough line to walk. If you do it without sufficient self-awareness then it’s just confused, awkward clowning. If you’re overly self-lacerating then it somehow becomes smug, ripping yourself to shreds because you know, deep down, you’re still rather brilliant. It’s ballsy to even try, and if This Is The End is occasionally too pleased with itself, it’s more often than not pleasing for everyone.

The story has the funky whiff of an idea dreamt up while everyone was stoned and giggly: Dudes, what would we do if the world ended right now? Like, right now? So you have Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson all playing themselves, the only survivors of an A-list party interrupted by an apocalypse that sucked Rihanna into a flaming maw and skewered Michael Cera on a street lamp like a skinny little cocktail sausage. This is huge fun, with many famous names depicting themselves as variously idiotic, obnoxious and drug-pumped, then getting their comeuppance. And what’s more fun than famous people being pricks and then suffering a screaming death?

The rest is a mixed bag. Holed up in Franco’s ridiculous mansion, the survivors’ fight to stay alive becomes secondary to celebrities bickering and trying to one-up each other. There’s strong smart-silly material, but also entire scenes that flop from the start and just carry on flopping more and more desperately, like dying trout
— does anyone really want several minutes of Danny McBride wanging on about wanking? Oh yes, they bring in Danny McBride too, whose ‘sending himself up as a self-interested fool’ seems very close to ‘Danny McBride’s usual schtick’.

Seth Rogen and his regular writing partner, Evan Goldberg, might not be great self-editors right now, but they are confident first-time directors. They’ve a good feel for action, particularly one monster chase that’s as scary as it is funny. For a disaster movie set in Hollywood you need killer cameos and the intelligence to use them well, and on that front they’re A+. We won’t ruin it for you here, but can confidently say you won’t see a funnier gimp-unmasking this summer
 


Verdict
It could use a brutal edit to remove some weak material, but mostly this is a hell of a lot of fun.


Reviewed by Olly Richards

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Awful

Just... awful. I kept waiting for a funny scene, funny moment or even a funny line. There was not one. I admit, I'm not a fangirl of these actors. I don't actively seek out any of their films, but the few I've seen (21 Jump Street, Knocked Up) made me laugh uproariously. But this? Was terrible. Absolutely one of the worst comedy films I've seen in recent memory - and I've seen Mr Deeds. ... More

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Posted by Bo_82 at 18:45, 26 March 2014 | Report This Post


Better than I thought

Never really been a fan of Rogen and co (appreciated Superbad and Pineapple express more than most) and I am more a fan of Pegg/Wright/Frost, so I didnt really have a high expectation of this,...but I have to say this was funnier than Worlds End. I disgaree with the review about Danny McBride, he almost steals the show, but it could have cut some of the talky bickering. This was excellent, one of the better comedies of the year. ... More

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Posted by Samurai7 at 09:43, 02 January 2014 | Report This Post


RE: NOT QUITE THE END....

This Is the End, true to its subject matter, is as funny as hell. The End ... More

Posted by chang at 10:03, 31 December 2013 | Report This Post


NOT QUITE THE END....

Great Hollywood comedies are few and far between these days and this film is only worth watching if you enjoy watching movie stars poking fun at themselves. Some of it works, some of it doesn’t. On balance it felt like watching a half hour skit dragged out to a feature. The apocalyptic supernatural elements are quite well done – especially the Ghostbusters styled demon dog – and there are some interesting theological ideas thrown about which aren’t fully explored – ... More

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Posted by ROTGUT at 17:12, 17 December 2013 | Report This Post


MEH

It has it's moments (head soccer, gluten, a conversation about rape). but the rest is purile, crude, nonsense. ... More

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Posted by Stevenski Chan at 15:35, 06 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Brutal

Seen it the other day and thought it was more than OK. It wasn't the craziest film I have ever seen but I found the plot very interesting. There were really cool gags in it. I found the beginnig sort of boring, but luckily didn't feel flat at the end. I liked it. 3,5/5 ... More

Posted by m_er at 17:17, 28 October 2013 | Report This Post


Brutal

I really wanted to like this movie. The premise was solid but the execution was awful. I did have a few laughs but these were vastly outweighed by the "wow, this movie is really bad" moments. By the midway point I couldn't wait for it to end. ... More

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Posted by Turd Ferguson at 14:37, 02 October 2013 | Report This Post


hate to say it

but this was hilarious. and far better than The Worlds End. Good work fella's ... More

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Posted by fac51thehacienda at 17:35, 15 September 2013 | Report This Post


This is the End

Totally loved it, from beginning to end. Far funnier than the World's End. ... More

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Posted by Kevin the Gerbil at 16:49, 23 July 2013 | Report This Post


Not as bad as i thought

Thought this would suck due to the amount of people in it and Seth Rogen has a dodgy track record with me but it was a lot better than i thought it would be and being reminded of moments such as said gimp unmasking does still make me laugh so worth seeing it ... More

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Posted by SuperShell at 23:01, 10 July 2013 | Report This Post


Turgid

Not a fraction as funny and as clever as it thinks it is. Hollywood B listers playing themselves as arseholes against the backdrop of the End of Days. Mildly amusing moments are hidden in a good idea gone wrong. Couldn't wait for it to end. ... More

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Posted by bretty at 20:27, 07 July 2013 | Report This Post


Loved it !

What a refreshing idea. Think of 'Shawn of the Dead' meets 'Extras' and you have a whiff of what's going on here. I'm not sure I agree with the entire Empire review, I think it's a little harsh in places but then again different things make different people laugh I guess. Yes the humour is schoolboy at times and it can be a little inconsistent, but for the most part this is a good laugh in the company of actors really loving sending themselves up. A nice mix of horror and comedy which works amaz... More

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Posted by The kUrGaN at 12:08, 04 July 2013 | Report This Post


RE: This Is The End

L: Sway The film is utterly ridiculous, but it's clearly meant to be that way, so if you want a couple of hours of silly nonsense I'd highly recommend it. It's just really enjoyable. The review is spot on when it says some jokes miss the mark entirely, but when they were on target they were great. The most surprising thing to me was the number of sudden, unexpected events that caused a number of people in the cinema to jump. I think because it comes across as a silly comedy... More

Posted by jcthefirst at 13:27, 02 July 2013 | Report This Post


solid

Although Jay Baruchel is a total douche (in this). So the requisite character arc doesn't work because he's the worst one in the movie. Danny McBride steals the movie. ... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 17:39, 30 June 2013 | Report This Post


RE: This Is The End

The film is utterly ridiculous, but it's clearly meant to be that way, so if you want a couple of hours of silly nonsense I'd highly recommend it. It's just really enjoyable. The review is spot on when it says some jokes miss the mark entirely, but when they were on target they were great. The most surprising thing to me was the number of sudden, unexpected events that caused a number of people in the cinema to jump. I think because it comes across as a silly comedy first and foremo... More

Posted by Sway at 00:09, 30 June 2013 | Report This Post


RE: This Is The End

Enjoyable enough, with some good laughs here and there, but I'd agree about an edit being in order. ... More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 21:26, 29 June 2013 | Report This Post


Awful.

For the most part, I spent my time wishing for the actual apocalypse to arrive, if only so that something would happen. It seems apparent (indeed evident) that the budget was blown at either end of the film, and I only wish they'd had enough cash left over to employ a script editor. Or a script writer. Or a writer. ... More

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Posted by TheMightyBlackout at 21:30, 28 June 2013 | Report This Post


I was sold after "skewers Michael Cera on a street lamp"

Colour me interested! ... More

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Posted by loafroaster at 17:24, 27 June 2013 | Report This Post


3 Sars!!! Are you kidding???

Each Celebrity dose what ever they can to send them self's up rotten none more so than "Scott Pilgrim's" Micheal Cera who you will never look at in the same way again. Its fair to say that comedies like this can can go either way, even with a incredibly funny trailer it just might not work over all, but luckily that is certainly not the case here! If I had to be honest I think this is probably the funniest film I have seen in years with me gasping for breath on many occasions from l... More

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Posted by retranimator at 12:51, 27 June 2013 | Report This Post


Yawn!

This sounds utterly tedious, wont be going to see this one... ... More

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Posted by darthmhall101 at 12:07, 26 June 2013 | Report This Post


AGREE

I agree about the editing. The movie didn't feel like it was running smoothly. ... More

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Posted by HulkySmashSmash at 00:16, 26 June 2013 | Report This Post


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