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DVD review: This Is The End

posted at 12:15 pm on October 20, 2013 by

Give This Is The End credit for some original thinking.  Instead of writing an apocalyptic send-up using fictional characters, some of Hollywood’s younger-generation stars decided to use semi-fictional versions of themselves to explore what would happen if Armageddon arrived in Los Angeles.  For those who love the films of Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and the Judd Apatow approach, this sounds like a great idea for a romp.  Instead, it feels more like a peek inside the id of the filmmakers and cast only to discover there’s not much to see.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some laughs in the film.  Emma Watson drops by for a few scenes, and her exit is a send-up of survivalist sexual tension … of sorts. A sequence with Hill that takes off on Rosemary’s Baby made me laugh out loud.  Fights over the food and water get some laughs.  Trying to break the “code” of redemption offers a few laughs, too, but not nearly as many as one would expect, mainly because the entire cast seems to miss the point even when they’re supposedly getting it.

Mostly, though, the film wastes a great deal of time on masturbation, porn, a Milky Way bar, and especially Danny McBride.  Significant amounts of it are offensive, not just to religious and taste sensibilities, but also to the intelligence of the viewer.  In regard to religion, the second half of the film focuses on the final book of the Bible as a roadmap for what’s happening, which is constantly referred to as “Revelations.”  It’s the Book of Revelation, no plural, which gives one an idea of the depth of the commentary that follows.  The entire exercise is an extended case of arrested adolescence, which might make This Is The End an interesting commentary on Hollywood if it was intentional, but I somehow doubt it was.

On the Hot Air DVD scale, This Is The End gets a 2 at best:

  • 4 – Buy the Blu-Ray/DVD
  • 3 – Worth a rental price or pay-per-view
  • 2 – Wait for it to come on a TV channel you already get
  • 1 – Avoid at all costs

It’s rated R for lots of very good reasons.  It’s not for children or teens, even if the film’s characters act mostly like the latter and sometimes the former throughout the entire film.

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I tried to watch this a few weeks ago. I managed to make it about 20 minutes in before I turned it off. I felt like I was at a party with a bunch of 14-year-olds.

Mark1971 on October 20, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Ed – I suggest you check out “The World’s End”

(And since we now know you’ll watch humor of this type… I’d be curious if you’d do a review of Team America…)

Skywise on October 20, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Ed – I suggest you check out “The World’s End”

(And since we now know you’ll watch humor of this type… I’d be curious if you’d do a review of Team America…)

Skywise on October 20, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Didn’t Ed already review “The World’s End”?

Count to 10 on October 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

(And since we now know you’ll watch humor of this type… I’d be curious if you’d do a review of Team America…)

Skywise on October 20, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Team America! F@$k yeah!!!!

NavyMustang on October 20, 2013 at 3:28 PM

I strongly enjoyed “This Is The End.” In my top 5 films of 2013 actually.

BigWillieStyles on October 20, 2013 at 3:37 PM

I always read and enjoy your film criticism, Ed. Please keep it up.

John the Libertarian on October 20, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Didn’t Ed already review “The World’s End”?

Count to 10 on October 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

You’re right, I had forgotten that!

Skywise on October 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I enjoyed “This is the End” and my husband and I laughed ourselves silly watching it. The humor is rude but hilarious and the underlying message is quite astonishingly conservative and Christian.

The unworthy are left behind. When the boys get back from the initial catastrophe, they find the house party at James Francos house completely unaware of anything wrong. So clever! The Hollywood types almost to a person are thrown into a very terrible Hell, and only the ones that figure out true Christian beliefs — honestly and with real understanding — are saved.

Heaven is white and fluffy and there are gates and haloes and an awesome dance party. You end up smiling at the end. I liked it.

bonnie_ on October 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Meh.

I really liked it actually. I was laughing pretty much the entire movie. Theres a lot of jokes hidden in there that are just hilarious.

I actually went and bought it on Blu-Ray because I liked it so much.

Maybe its a generational thing because a lot of people my generation love this movie and really found it hilarious. Older people, not so much.

Blu3Yeti on October 20, 2013 at 6:01 PM

I liked it. Laughed a lot after the first 20 min, which was a little slow. Many good running jokes and an overall message of “be good or you’re doomed.”

Final scene in Heaven a real hoot btw.

BierManVA on October 20, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Loved this movie. Haven’t laughed this hard in a while. “Hermiane just stole all of our S*%@.

tom2789 on October 20, 2013 at 7:19 PM

I loved this movie!

I enjoyed the image of Satan roaming the Hollywood Hills. I thought it was a movie about the shallowness of celebrities who have no idea about religion or even spirituality.

The image of LA turning into a gigantic Hell-hole sucking libtards into it was my version of Heaven.

HellCat on October 20, 2013 at 7:22 PM

If they call Emma Watson’s character Hermione, that is a pro in my book.

22044 on October 20, 2013 at 7:33 PM

If they call Emma Watson’s character Hermione, that is a pro in my book.

22044 on October 20, 2013 at 7:33 PM

I think there was a line in one of the trailers to the effect of “We just got mugged by Hermione”.

Count to 10 on October 20, 2013 at 7:49 PM

I’ll pass on this one. I was done with Seth Rogan after the Green Hornet.

D-Bar on October 20, 2013 at 8:02 PM

This movie is a lazy comedy like so many others these days in that it doesn’t try to put together well timed jokes as much as it tries to shock you with disgustingness.

A great concept and lots of talented actors, but you get the feeling that the script was written while they were hanging out getting stoned playing video games, just like you see them do in the movie.

Some good scenes, but mostly just stupid.

WisCon on October 20, 2013 at 8:26 PM

The hubs and I went to go see this when it was in the theatre. We both laughed out loud through many parts of this. I think it might be a generational thing. I also listened to an interview that Seth Rogan did on NPR and he talked about how the Book of Revelation fascinated him as a Jew.

Yes, the movie is gross, rude, and vulgar. But then so is life.

Chocktopus on October 21, 2013 at 2:34 PM