If you’ve been wondering how celebrities would handle the apocalypse (and let’s face it, who hasn’t?) the answer may be found in the new documentary — I mean comedy — “This Is The End.”
Seth Rogen stars as Seth Rogen, a comic actor whose buddy Jay Baruchel (played by Seth’s buddy Jay Baruchel) has come to town for a visit. Seth convinces Jay to go with him to a party at the home of actor James Franco (played by actor James Franco).
Jay doesn’t really like Seth’s Hollywood friends, particularly Jonah Hill (played by, well, you get it by now). Jay and Seth duck out of the party and while visiting a convenience story witness strange blue lights sucking people up into the sky. This is followed by earthquakes and fires.
Seth, Jay, James and Jonah — along with Danny McBride and Craig Robinson — barricade themselves inside James’ home. After doing some research Jay concludes that he and Seth witnessed The Rapture, in which good people are swept up to Heaven while the not-so-good are left behind to face the Apocalypse. In short order the six survivors are at each others throats, squabbling over supplies among other things.
“This Is The End” is probably the funniest movie about the end of the world that you’re going to see. Written and directed by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the movie is self-indulgent at times (as you might expect) but it delivers plenty of laughs as well. It’s crude, rude, audacious humor of the R-rated variety.
The movie’s biggest flaw is that it drags in parts. It runs less than two hours but feels longer. Part of it is an opening party scene that goes on too long but mainly too much time is spent in the house. It becomes claustrophobic and tiresome. Things pick up once they finally venture outside.
Among the leads Danny McBride is the most entertaining as the uninvited guest who causes nothing but trouble. The film also benefits from some amusing guest appearances by Michael Cera and Emma Watson, among others.