Friday, July 15, 2016

Movie Review: "This Is the End" (2013)

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Movie"This Is the End"
Director: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen
Year: 2013
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes

Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson are trapped in James Franco's house after a crazy party when the world beings to end. These friends must lean on one another to stay alive.

"The Apocalypse is nigh."

"This Is the End" is another movie with something for everyone, well, everyone who isn't bothered by gigantic demon members, strong sexual content, potty humor, violence, and gore that is definitely a hard-R rating contextually. This movie is outrageous and outrageously hysterical. There are TONS of cameos throughout the film featuring the likes of Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Rihanna, Emma Watson, Mandy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, and many, many more. Many of these cameos lead to some hilarious encounters, especially one in particular which comes about late in the film. If you've enjoyed one or more of the following: "Pineapple Express," "Superbad," "Your Highness," "The 40 Year Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," "The Watch," "Zach and Miri Make a Porno," "Fanboys," or "Grandma's Boy," you'll probably enjoy this as it takes many of the thematic elements of those movies and combines them with the apocalypse to make a raunchy, fun, silly, epic comedy.

The only low point for us in "This Is the End" is Danny McBride. He's annoying, simple as that. He's that guy (and we all know one person like this) where in every real life scenario, he crashes the party uninvited and acts like a selfish jerk while eating all the food and drinking all the good liquor, only caring about himself. Though we think this may be what the filmmakers (Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen) were striving for, McBride is just playing the same character at this point. One guy behind us was particularly fond of Danny McBride and let everyone know it. Loudly. At least he wasn't on his cell phone the entire movie like the girl sitting next to us. All of the principle actors, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen, Craig Robinson, and Jonah Hill, play themselves, or at least caricature versions of themselves. We know these guys are most likely friends in real life, and they just look like they had a blast making this film.

This comedy is bonkers. It's a good time with a lot of hilarious humor, even if it's pretty simple in nature. The cameos make for some interesting interactions, and the actors playing themselves are fun to watch because they look like they are having fun, too. There's also another cameo at the very end of the movie that I enjoyed in particular, so thoroughly in fact, that I clapped. Let's just say, 90's boys band, but no spoilers. :)

**NOTE: This review has been carried over from my other blog, Lolo Loves Scents, and edited to reflect our thoughts upon a second viewing.

My Rating: 8/10
BigJ's Rating: 8/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!
One year ago, we were watching: "Terminator Genisys"


  1. Couldn't disagree with you more regarding Danny McBride...I thought he was hilarious! I was actually an extra in the party scene, and this set was SO incredibly fun. Those guys are so genuine and down to Earth.

    1. I wonder if it's because we've disliked him elsewhere and that carried into our thoughts on this movie! We just watched "Pineapple Express" again and he was great in that one, but here, he just felt obnoxious to us. You were an extra!? NO WAY!!!! That is so freaking cool!! They seem like a bunch of awesome guys to hang out with in real life.