“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!