This Is The End (2013)

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With last month’s box office focus being mainly on Sci-fi, thriller and apocalyptic ‘doomporn’ films, This Is The End was saved(Initially released June 12th, 2013) for last night’s ‘Cheap Tuesday’ adventure  and was the comedic break I was looking for.

One of the best social phenomenon’s to witness at the movies is seeing that one and only senior couple (Mr. and Mrs. Pepperidge Farm) nonchalantly enter a comedy that is aimed at teens and twenty-something’s. It’s adorable. You know in the back of your mind that they won’t be sticking around for the whole movie- this is why I always wear a watch to see how long they can solider-on through films that carry explicit commentary and scenes of extreme vulgarity. It’s also interesting to see what exact scene from the film finalizes their decision to call it a night, and to head back to their 1984 Chysler Lebaron. I swear this happens at every hard comedy I see (don’t believe me?- pay attention next time when you’re seeing one of these comedies).

With the above said, This Is The End was one of those movies that was an extremely hard R. It pushed the envelope of the appropriate, and delivered on a shocking level. The Pineapple Express crew truly outdid themselves with this movie, and any future projects will be hard-pressed to top this comedy creation.

Feel free to leave a comment on this page after your done reading, and share your cinema stories/phenomenon’s you have witnessed 🙂

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THIS IS THE END

Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

Stars: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

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You could sit through a year’s worth of Hollywood comedies and still not see anything that’s genuinely knock-your-socks-off audacious. However, This Is The End truly is. It’s one of the wildest screen comedies to come on screen in a long time, and also the smartest, the most fearlessly inspired, and the snort-out-loud funniest. After seeing this movie you will with no doubt walk out of the theater with abdominal, and facial muscle cramps(with a side of tears) from the amount of funny slammed into this nearly 2 hour epic laugh fest.

The movie opens with Seth Rogen at an airport, where a passerby says, ”Hey, Seth Rogen, what up, man?” So you immediately know that he’s going to be playing a version of himself. In fact, everyone in the film is playing a version of him-or herself. Rogen picks up his buddy Jay Baruchel (who’s less of a star than anyone here — a running gag), and after getting stoned, they head to a party at James Franco’s house. Everyone from Jonah Hill to Emma Watson is there, and what transpires looks so much like what you’d expect a party with hip young actors and comedians to look like that it’s as if we’d wandered into the ultimate episode of Entourage. The jockeying of movie-star egos, the drugs and sex (Michael Cera is the group’s libertine nerd), Rogen and Franco brainstorming a sequel to Pineapple Express — it’s all boldly plausible.

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For a moment, I feared that This Is the End might be a stunt that wears out its welcome in 10 minutes. However, Rogen who co-wrote and co-directed the film with Evan Goldberg, does something incredibly sly. The movie doesn’t play the end of days for laughs. It’s an honest-to-God metaphysical disaster movie; a fusion of Earthquake, 2012, Night of the Living Dead, and The Exorcist. With the apocalypse played straight, the comedy can take off from it in a way that’s all the more unpredictable, as it was in the fantastic Shaun of the Dead.

The interplay is so fast and obscene that you feel like you’re eavesdropping on the sorts of things comedians say to each other when they’re off camera. The strength of the film lies in the one-line remarks and from what I like to call ‘Cherry Bomb’ comedy (one-liners and non-sequitur tossed liberally throughout each scene faster than you have time to catch your breath)

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This Is the End pushes the envelope. Particularly, there is a scene that spends (at the very least) 3 minutes on the topic of male masturbation in which two characters go into extreme detail in their dialogue. Surprisingly, this was the scene where ‘Mr. and Mrs Pepperidge Farm’ decided to head back to their Lebaron (there were way worse scenes-but I guess everyone has their own line-in-the sand) However, the adorable couple made it through the scenes that had giant CGI’d cocks in them. Respect.

Yet through it all, the movie is wonderfully straight-faced about the “reality” it’s showing us. Is Jonah Hill really a narcissist who wears his nice-guy facade like the diamond stud in his ear? Is Rogen really a guilty sellout? This Is the End has great fun tweaking their public images, even as it’s truly asking: Do people like this deserve to go to heaven or hell?

This Is The End gets a gigantic A rating.

We are half way through 2013, and for now, this movie is  comedy of the year for this reviewer.

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