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This Is the End (2013)

It could either be another "Movie 43," or it could veer into "Shaun of the Dead" territory. Whatever the case, it seems meta enough to be considered clever...even if I can't stand 99% of the principal cast (Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Martin Starr and Kevin Hart being the sole exceptions). What's the buzz? This looks like the kind of crap that's screened at Comic-Con so somebody around here has had to have seen it.

by Anonymousreply 7002/22/2014

I think it looks funny and am also interested if anybody's seen it.

by Anonymousreply 104/08/2013

Might do very well, but it seems like there are so many apocalypse comedies now. Kind of prefer this group of guys to the overmacho assholery of the guys in The Hangover.

by Anonymousreply 204/08/2013

Who knew Michael Cera has a huge bubble butt like a black football player.

by Anonymousreply 306/17/2013

I wouldn't go that far, but I was pleasantly surprised R3

by Anonymousreply 406/20/2013

Looks funny to me.

by Anonymousreply 506/20/2013

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by Anonymousreply 606/20/2013

It was actually pretty funny. I enjoyed it.

by Anonymousreply 706/20/2013

It got an 85% on the website Rotten Tomatoes which is pretty impressive, everyone I saw it with really enjoyed it.

by Anonymousreply 806/20/2013

Jay Baruchel probably has a huge uncut cock. It's a shame about the tinynip, though.

by Anonymousreply 906/20/2013

This Is the End' is the bro-pocalypse movie Millennials need POSTED: Thursday, June 13, 2013, 3:56 PM

Mike Bertha This film publicity image released by Columbia Pictures shows, from left, James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel in a scene from "This Is The End."

This week, This Is the End picks up the looming bro-pocalypse barreling toward the present and drops it in James Franco's backyard, creating a sinkhole large enough to swallow parts of Hollywood and the careers it props up.

Jay Baruchel is crashing with Seth Rogen for a few nights during a stint in Los Angeles. After an obligatory bro greeting and subsequent afternoon squandered smoking themselves into comas and playing video games until their thumbs (and eyes) bleed, the pair heads over to James Franco's new mansion for a lavish Hollywood blow out. Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Rihanna, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling and pretty much everyone who's anyone is there, partaking in the abuse of various self-prescribed medications.

When Baruchel gets pissed and tries to bail and go back to Rogen's, the biblical apocalypse begins. The Hollywood Hills are on fire and the earth opens up and swallows a slew of Franco's famous friends. Thus, Franco, Rogen, Baruchel, Hill, Robinson and McBride are left to survive the remainder of the apocalypse together in the mansion, each playing a caricature of their Hollywood personas.

James Franco's the uppity A-lister who collects props from his own movies and is creepily obsessed with impressing Seth Rogen. Jonah Hill is overly nice to the point that you can't tell whether or not he's beeing an a**hole. Danny McBride is basically just playing his character from Eastbound and Down. Baruchel's a little awkward and feels like he doesn't fit in with the rest of the crew.

The rest of the film follows the group of guys as they struggle to survive the elements without succumbing to damnation or killing each other in the process. It's full of everything Millennials love in their comedies: heinous language, friends making fun of each other, surprise cameos, awesome pop songs from the '90s, instances of Hollywood making fun of itself, and all of their favorite comedy stars playing off each other in an ad lib-style competition to see who can be the foulest/funniest (as if there's a real distinction).

It's the perfect summer comedy for people who know all the words to LFO's "Summer Girls" and could have earned a minor in Watching Forgetting Sarah Marshall Hungover While Shoveling Doritos Into Your Face, had their universities offered it as a specialization.

And along with This Is The End's obligatory jokes about ejaculate and drinking your own urine comes an adept analysis of Millennial culture and an enlightened interpretation of modern male group dynamics. For an entire generation, early adolescence is just a blur of group sleepovers fueled by Mortal Kombat, Mountain Dew, Adam Sandler movies, and Internet porn. The main act of This Is the End is, essentially, the same, except the guys have swapped the Mountain Dew for booze and the power is out, so they've got to resort to an old-fashioned nudie mag for the adult entertainment.

Thanks to the video camera from 127 Hours that Franco has as a keepsake, the guys in the movie are able to film themselves surviving the apocalypse to show the true story of six friends (sorta) forced to live in a house, work together, and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start being real.

They use sarcasm and false bravado to mask their own insecurities and concerns. They're as jealous, petty, defensive, and irritable as a gaggle of hormonal tweens. At a sixth grade sleepover, kids are worried about not fitting in and letting their parents down and accidentally saying something stupid if they ever actually spoke to a real girl. In This Is the End, the guys are afraid of eternal damnation by way of a seven-headed demon brought about by the biblical apocalypse. So, basicthe same thing.

For all of the juvenile parallels between This Is The End and that time everyone got all hopped up on Mountain Dew at Bobby's 12th birthday party and played Frank Thomas' Big Hurt Baseball until I finally passed out at 5:30 a.m. and someone put an ice cube in my ear, the film also includes a very real depiction of what it's like to transition from adolescence to adulthood. It demonstrates that, in certain situations and with a particular group dynamic, it people to revert to old versions of themselves very easily. The social struggle within the group is palpable and the fallout of being in such close quarters with such close friends resonates for anyone who's ever vacationed with friends. But, mostly, This Is the End is just wildly inappropriate and hilarious.

On a scale of Strange Wilderness to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, This Is the End is an 8.5. Go for the d*** jokes, stay for the faux-ironic '90s nostalgia and male gaze commentary.

by Anonymousreply 1006/20/2013

It's something my

by Anonymousreply 1106/20/2013

Meh. My friends I saw it with thought it was funny but I thought it was just okay. Some funny moments but I was bored by the end. Since the actors are all playing "themselves" you have to have a knowledge of their resumes for many of the jokes to work. For example, there's an extended movie-in-a-movie joke about them filming a sequel to "Pineapple Express" after they're trapped in Franco's house. I've never seen "Pineapple Express" so all those inside jokes were lost on me.

But it occurred to me, their homemade movie was a cheap, stupid, shot-on-video project made solely to amuse the performers who were in it. That's ultimately how the actual movie feels - a much-bigger budgeted excuse for the stars to entertain themselves and their circle of friends.

Skip it until it runs endlessly on Comedy Central.

by Anonymousreply 1206/23/2013

If you're one of the gay men with a Seth Rogen crush and you're also into watersports, then this movie has got the scene for you!

by Anonymousreply 1306/23/2013

Is Martin Starr actually in it? I'd watch anything for him, but I didn't see him in the trailer.

by Anonymousreply 1406/23/2013

Martin's only in one or two scenes in the beginning at Franco's party.

by Anonymousreply 1506/23/2013

I don't node stand why someone pays to see a Seth Rogan movie when you can sit home and masturbate for free.

by Anonymousreply 1606/23/2013

I want to go see it.

by Anonymousreply 1706/23/2013

Why would I pay to see a movie featuring people I'd pay to avoid?

by Anonymousreply 1806/23/2013

It is the breakout hit of the summer.

by Anonymousreply 1906/24/2013

It looks funny. I'll watch it.

by Anonymousreply 2006/24/2013

Another hit for James Franco

by Anonymousreply 2106/24/2013

It looks funny, and I don't want to miss the Channing Tatum cameo. I'm in.

by Anonymousreply 2206/24/2013

This movie is not what you would call a hit. It might make money, but that isn't what I mean. The public is exhausted with these talent-lite Sony Pictures goblins

by Anonymousreply 2306/24/2013

This Is The End has already almost made double it's budget with it's domestic gross. It only dropped 36 percent in it's second weekend because word of mouth was strong (unlike Man Of Steel...)

It is definitely a hit.

by Anonymousreply 2406/24/2013

It had moments, but I wouldn't recommend anyone pay theater prices for it. It'll be on Netflix.

by Anonymousreply 2507/02/2013

I plan on seeing it. I hope it's funny.

by Anonymousreply 2607/02/2013

Saw it yesterday and it has it's moments, but it begins to seriously lose momentum midway through. And you really have to wade though a lot of unfunny bits in order to get to the absolutely INSPIRED finale.

by Anonymousreply 2707/03/2013

I also saw it yesterday and it's funny in parts, but I agree about waiting for Netflix. It's not good enough for movie ticket prices.

by Anonymousreply 2807/03/2013

I wonder how long it would have taken for them all to start fucking Franco. You know they'd turn to him first.

by Anonymousreply 2907/03/2013

How well do you think it will do in the overseas markets? Are European, Asian countries and Muslim countries dying to see a bunch of ugly fat Jewish guys and James Franco sitting around bemoaning the end of the world while making masturbation jokes?

by Anonymousreply 3007/04/2013

Don't they always play themselves? None of them can act.

by Anonymousreply 3107/07/2013

I would enjoy slurping on Jay Baruchel's ass button and lunch bucket. Nerdy firm-assed jews are ideal.

by Anonymousreply 3207/11/2013

I thought it was funny as hell. No, they don't play themselves; they play *versions* of themselves, ones that are partly but definitely not entirely true. (Most of the stars have wives or girlfriends, for one thing.) Some of them play their polar opposite, e.g. Michael Cera as a Tony Montana-like cokehound putting the moves on Rihanna. Others, particularly Franco, make fun of their own image in the media, e.g. Franco has absurd self-made "art" throughout his house, including a giant "penis" (okay, an abstract one) made of papier-mache. It really isn't that meta, either, although there are a number of blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameos that I failed to spot while watching it but heard about later.

R30, it won't play well overseas, outside of the English-speaking world at least: the humor is too American-specific, and without giving away any spoilers, let's just say part of the film is an idealized version of a Christianity-specific world.

by Anonymousreply 3307/11/2013


by Anonymousreply 3407/17/2013

I was feeling bored and it was clear the movie wasn't going to be at my local theater for much longer, given it was only showing at one time a day...

So I thought what the hell? I went and saw it.

Best decision I've made this year. And if anyone asked me "Hey, what's the best movie you've seen this year so far?" the answer would be quick and unequivocal... This Is The End.

Holy shit it was good. Funny as hell, with amazing effects, and just all around a really great time. Even in a nearly empty theater. Even watching it by myself. I can only imagine how good it would have felt with friends in a packed theater.

I'm not even a fan of the actors. I honestly debated whether I should bother seeing this movie. I'm really glad I did. Damn.

by Anonymousreply 3507/24/2013

I caught a $5 Matinee on opening day with my 21 year old cousin. (I'm 31) The only of the principle actors that I knew was Seth Rogen who I find cute, if annoying. I like others didn't get a lot of the references to the casts previous films. I still overall enjoyed it especially as I only spent $10 for the film and a large Dr. Pepper.

Michael Cera made the first reel and Channing Tatum's cameo made the ending. I would actually pay full price to watch that porno especially to shut up all the young women who obsess over him.

The middle drug on forever and I could live the rest of my life without seeing Jay Baruchnel or Johan Hill again.

by Anonymousreply 3607/24/2013

This is a dumb bro movie. I pretty much hate everyone who's in it. It's annoying when people you thought had taste say that this is a good movie, or even just that it looked good.

by Anonymousreply 3707/24/2013

You hate Emma Watson [R37]? Everyone loves Hermonie Though I actually forgot her earlier

by Anonymousreply 3807/24/2013

Emma Watson's an exception. i don't love her or hate her. Even Michael Cera is an exception. He's a weird dude, but harmless.

by Anonymousreply 3907/24/2013

I would think the movie would be especially loved by Michael Cera haters... (calling VOTN, who irrationally refuses to see an amazing movie just because Michael Cera is in it)

by Anonymousreply 4007/25/2013

So... my two favorite movies of the summer (and even the year) are:

"This is the End"


"The World's End"


by Anonymousreply 4109/09/2013

Martin Starr grew up to be so cute

by Anonymousreply 4209/10/2013

The movie might be good, but

[quote] And if anyone asked me "Hey, what's the best movie you've seen this year so far?" the answer would be quick and unequivocal... This Is The End.

This is the shilliest shillspeak I've ever read.

by Anonymousreply 4309/10/2013

Well, you're an idiot, R43. I'm not a shill, and that's my honest perception of the movie situation out there.

There have been a lot of crap movies this year. This one was a pleasant surprise.

by Anonymousreply 4409/10/2013

R44, my dear, you sound mentally retarded.

by Anonymousreply 4509/10/2013

Then you need your hearing checked, R45.

by Anonymousreply 4609/10/2013

R36 summed up my reaction perfectly! Michael Cera was great in his cameo, as was Channing Tatum, but the middle drug on forever. I actually contemplated leaving at the hour mark (glad I didn't because I would've missed Channing)...I laughed more in Iron Man 3 and Blue Jasmine.

Overall, I'd give it a 5/10.

by Anonymousreply 4709/21/2013

[quote] but the middle drug on forever

Is Jerhro Fucking Clampett posting here?

The past tense of "drag" is "dragged." Anyone with a more than 4th grade education knows this.

by Anonymousreply 4809/21/2013

The whole movie was hilarious. I never thought it got slow.

by Anonymousreply 4909/21/2013

It made me laugh, I loved it.

by Anonymousreply 5010/04/2013


by Anonymousreply 5110/10/2013

The funniest thing this year as the newscaster seriously reading the "names of the Korean flight crew" that crashed.

by Anonymousreply 5210/10/2013

It was a big box office success, making at least $101,470,202

by Anonymousreply 5310/12/2013

If anyone was going to get raped, it was going to be Franco. Pity it didn't happen.

by Anonymousreply 5411/13/2013

Sort of SPOILER:

Seeing Channing Tatum on all fours with a dog collar and leash was a nice surprise.

I can't remember who was holding him -- Jonah Hill?

by Anonymousreply 5511/13/2013

Ironically, Blockbuster has reported that the last movie ever rented in their last store before it closed was "This is the End".

How fitting!

by Anonymousreply 5611/13/2013

I enjoyed it and everyone in it, except for Danny McBride. What is his appeal? The only other thing I've seen him in was "30 Minutes or Less" and hated him in that one too.

by Anonymousreply 5711/13/2013

The reviews made it sound brilliant but it was actually just okay. Some funny sequences but a lot of filler. I swear the studios must be paying media outlets to give them good reviews or maybe standards just keep getting lower.

by Anonymousreply 5811/13/2013

I enjoyed it a lot, but it's not something I feel the need to rewatch.

by Anonymousreply 5911/13/2013

No, R55.

by Anonymousreply 6011/13/2013

Saw it with friends. The consensus was "Godawful film, but at least it's kind of original".

by Anonymousreply 6111/13/2013

Definitely one of the oddest Hollywood summer movies I've seen.

A bunch of millennial Jewish guys and a token Black basically playing reality-show versions of themselves but going right along with right-wing Christian dogmas like the Rapture and exorcism?

Weird. But that's not the problem with the film. The problem is, it really wasn't funny and wasted so much absurd potential.

by Anonymousreply 6211/13/2013

The ending was terrible.

by Anonymousreply 6301/19/2014


by Anonymousreply 6401/30/2014

The ending was AWESOME. A great, hilarious movie.

by Anonymousreply 6501/30/2014

Just watched it again on cable.

Still love it.

And I have to say, not only is this Channing Tatum's best role... this movie has the best ending of ANY "end of the world" type movie ever made.

by Anonymousreply 6602/22/2014

It grossed $126,041,322 worldwide, over a hundred mill in the USA alone, on a production budget of just a little over 30 mill.

This movie made good money for everyone involved, especially given that's just box-office, not including DVD, rental, streaming, or cable.

One of my favorite movies of 2013.

by Anonymousreply 6702/22/2014

The end credits say "Filmed on location in Louisiana", with a credit for the Louisiana film board.

Was that a joke? "LA" = "Louisiana" = "Los Angeles"?

by Anonymousreply 6802/22/2014

[quote]If you're one of the gay men with a Seth Rogen crush and you're also into watersports, then this movie has got the scene for you!

What scene is this? I don't remember anything like it.

by Anonymousreply 6902/22/2014

I wasn't expecting much and thought it was really funny.

by Anonymousreply 7002/22/2014
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