Movie review: This is the End

This-Is-The-End-PosterWe live in a society where people are obsessed with knowing more and more about the celebrities they see on the big and silver screens.

“This is the End” offers an exaggeratedly comical take on how a few of them — part of this new clique of actors from films such as “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express” — interact.

James Franco’s house is decked with his paintings. Danny McBride teases Jonah Hill about his Oscar nomination. Jay Baruchel, resistant to change, tries to maintain his Canadian ways in a Los Angeles lifestyle.

Though it all starts out like any other party at Franco’s new pad would (or so I presume), a massive earthquake causes devastation in and around the Hollywood area, beginning the apocalypse.

How these sheltered and privileged people — they call themselves soft for being actors! — react to the events around them would make Charles Darwin proud of his survival of the fittest theory.

Below are non-spoilers to look out for in the movie:

1) The  best use of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

2) The best cameo by a Sexiest Man Alive.

3) Fictional yet gruesome (and imaginative) deaths of countless celebrities throughout the movie.

4) A glimpse at what a sequel to “Pineapple Express” would look like.

5) An easy film for Six Degrees of Separation: Craig Robinson (“The Office”), Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”), etc.

6) Harry Potter, hipster and Forrest Gump jokes because of Emma Watson’s presence.

Warning: Extremely vulgar. There are some great one-liners that would not be appropriate to type. The same could be said for a few standout scenes involving Hill and the gang.

Verdict: See it!


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