Movie Review #413: This Is The End (2013)

Low-brow comedy never felt this smart before

Okay, first off let me just announce that this film is ridiculously offensive in so many ways that I wouldn’t be one to recommend it to the purest and kindest of people. To be honest, I’m still kind of torn between liking and hating it, because sometimes it’s so stupid and sickening but other times it’s smart and hilarious. But at the end of the day, I couldn’t deny the fact that I was entertained and impressed with Seth Rogen and the gang.

The audience seemed to agree with me as well. Everyone laughed, screamed, and cringed at the same time that you’d think we were in a choir. And this began way early into the film as Rogen and Jay Baruchel opened it all up: greeting themselves using their real names at the airport (some people didn’t know the premise then). Then slowly we’re introduced to some of their celebrity friends, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Danny McBride, and the gorgeous Emma Watson, all of which are guests of James Franco who’s hosting a party. Of course, what better way to cut costs than to shoot 70% of the film in his home, right?

Emma Watson as Emma Watson. Who doesn’t want that?

Where they filmed it didn’t matter all that much though as majority of the film’s success is attributable to its story and the actors. There’s no doubt they had a ridiculously stupid plot, not to mention it was unevenly written. But it all plays out great when you have famous people playing themselves. It makes you wonder what they’d really do if it really was the end of the world. There’s not a lot to complain with the story because although the ending was inevitably predictable, the ‘how they got there’ part is what you won’t be expecting. The way they pulled it off was not only funny; it was also smart considering their low-brow intentions. Oh, and one more thing, Channing Tatum! That’s all I can say, now go check out how they humiliate themselves.

GRADE: B

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