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This Is the End

2013 | 107 min | R | 2.39:1

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 12 June, 2013
 28 June, 2013

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Preview by Brian Orndorf, June 13, 2013

“This Is the End” is a rare picture that goes from being completely indescribable to being somewhat conventional. It’s a cinematic house party from star/co-writer/co-director Seth Rogen, who calls in a slew of favors and gathers his tight-knit crew of funny folk to make a scattergun comedy that touches on the apocalypse, exorcisms, estranged friends, cannibalism, and the comfort of a Milky Way candy bar. It’s the end of the world turned into screen insanity by actors playing themselves, and the results are undeniably amusing, but hardly supply the bellylaughs one would expect from such sleepover atmosphere of pals making a hearty, weed-foggy doomsday commotion.

Canadian Jay Baruchel has arrived in Los Angeles to visit old friend Seth Rogen, with a weekend of marijuana, 3D movies, and wrestling planned for the pair. Growing apart, Jay hopes to reconnect with Seth as the fun begins, yet the festivities are interrupted by an invitation to party at James Franco’s fortified mansion. Entering the celebration, Seth immediately returns to the comfort of his L.A. pals, including Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson, while Jay feels left out, unwilling to sample the gaiety, which features a coked-up Michael Cera causing all kinds of trouble. When the Rapture hits mid-evening, and the Earth begins to open up and swallow the guests (killing Jason Segal, Rihanna, and Mindy Kaling), the group realizes that the end of days has arrived, bathing L.A. in fire while demons roam the streets. Boarding up the house with awful art, fearful of what’s outside, Jay, Seth, Jonah, James, and Craig ration food, arm themselves with a pistol from “Flyboys,” and make video diaries with the camera from “127 Hours,” trying to keep calm while frantically attempting to figure out what’s going on. However, a larger menace is inside the house, and his appetite and thirst know no bounds. His name is Danny McBride.

Beginning life as a 2007 short film, “This Is the End” marks the directorial debut for Rogen and longtime partner Evan Goldberg, who wisely call in a collection of famous faces to cameo in the opening act of the movie, setting a freewheeling mood of ridicule as broad caricatures of comedy stars are inspected and roasted. Most of the laughs emerge from these inside jokes, as career choices are picked on and personalities prodded, turning Jonah into a flirt focusing on an uncomfortable Jay, while James commits his undying allegiance to Seth via paintings, spending their downtime dreaming up a sequel to their hit, “Pineapple Express.” It’s this exaggeration that launches “This Is the End” on an infectious note of teamwork, feeling the atmosphere of the introductory party as the camera catches conversations with the likes of Kevin Hart, Emma Watson, and the aforementioned Michael Cera, who’s turned into an absolute demon here, engaging in bathroom trysts with multiple women while trying to hook Christopher Mintz-Plasse on cocaine.

There’s also something of a story concerning Jay’s growing discomfort around his old friend Seth, feeling the comedian has “gone Hollywood,” hooking up with a new set of friends he can’t stand. For all the nonsense that’s swirling around the feature, Rogen and Goldberg actually pinpoint a universal feeling of abandonment with this subplot, keeping “This Is the End” unexpectedly humane when it comes to the thin ice experience of longtime friendships.

Once the apocalypse arrives, “This Is the End” shifts into panic mode, watching the gang deal with the delegation of jobs, the rationing of food, and fight their willingness to help others who’ve managed to survive. Rogen and Goldberg call on bunker movie formula to stir up animosities, including the introduction of Danny, who’s depicted as a loudmouth with a bottomless stomach, threatening dwindling food and water supplies, forcing the group to decide if they want to banish their pal from James’s house. Panic and long improvisation exchanges ensue (including James and Danny arguing about masturbation cleanliness), along with stretches of boredom for the survivors, who consume their stash of drugs and actually create a home video version of “Pineapple Express 2: Blood Red.” Missing are sizable laughs, with Rogen and Goldberg more fascinated with minor moments of discomfort and slapstick as the team remains indoors, trying to restock supplies and deal with one another’s irritations. While always amusing, “This Is the End” is seldom hilarious, blowing prime funny bone opportunities on anemic humor. For example, when Watson (who’s mainly here to curse awkwardly) returns mid-film to seek shelter inside the house, the men argue over the potential of their “rapey” demeanor, while Danny dreams of questioning the actress about her “Harry Potter” years. Here’s Watson wielding an ax, game to do anything, and jesting about sexual assault immediately pop into the minds of Rogen and Goldberg.

Where “This Is the End” ultimately goes is difficult to summarize, perhaps too spoilery to explain in full. Offering only a few outdoor excursions to restock supplies, the material remains primarily inside the house, eventually bringing biblical discussions into play as Jay struggles with the reality of godly forces beaming the virtuous to Heaven, while a demonic force manages to infiltrate one of the guys while he sleeps, causing bile-spewing chaos in the domicile. Credit is paid to the production for its discussion of apocalyptic matters, following through on certain outrageous ideas, but the feature is so busy expelling energy to come off insane, it often forgets the master punchlines, losing concentration the wilder the material becomes. And believe me, this movie is absolutely crazy at times. I just wish there was a little more to laugh at.

Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson
Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

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