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This Is The End

This-is-the-End-Film-Poster.jpgThis is the End stars an encyclopedia’s worth of characters that we’ve seen in pretty much every comedy over the past decade…as themselves.  The film begins with Seth Rogen at an airport being hounded by TMZ paparazzi as he picks up his friend Jay Baruchel, the least well known of the crew, but you’ll recognize him from films like Tropic Thunder and the vastly underrated She’s Out Of My League.

Seth and Jay are looking forward to a long weekend of watching stupid movies, getting drunk, and smoking weed while trying to escape the LA scene.  Jay can’t stand it all.  The only problem is James Franco is throwing a mammoth party and you know who’s going to be there.  All the cool kids, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, the list goes on and on.  Everyone plays a hyper sensitized version of themselves, so far out there that it seems unbelievable…except that I think every movie star in LA actually acts like they do.  This would be annoying for the course of two hours except the reason the film works is because of Jay Baruchel.  Jay hates LA and the LA scene more than anyone.  He’s the only one in the film that finds the actions of those stars absurd.  He’s the only one we can relate too.

Jay gets dragged to Franco’s party, an insane bash that has Franco showing off his love for Seth Rogen with wild art, has Michael Cera doing enough cocaine to kill an elephant, Jonah Hill in homo-erotic joke after joke, and has cameo after cameo showing up as well.  Everything seems like a good time until Seth and Jay go out for a pack of cigarettes.  Disaster strikes while at the store.  A massive earthquake hits and people begin being sucked up into the sky by blue lights.  Seth and Jay rush back to Franco’s, to a party with no clue what is going on outside.  Another attack strikes and the majority of the party flees in horror.  Franco’s house is built like a fortress though, and a few party-goers stay behind.

The film follows Rogen, Jay, Franco, Craig, Jonah Hill, and Danny McBride as they try to figure out just what the hell is going on out there while holed up in Franco’s compound.  They gather all the food and porn mags they can find, in hopes they can wait it out and survive.  The film is a series of jokes in which the cast of characters make fun of each other and themselves, trading one-liners about masturbation and fart jokes.  High brow comedy at its finest.   Much of the film seems ad-libbed and it works to perfection.  You can tell these guys grew up through the ranks of comedy together, mostly from their Freaks and Geeks days, because the humor runs seamlessly.

The film is so absurd it is a riot.  I could not stop laughing at how ridiculous all of these guys act.  They pretend they’re so important because they’re movie stars and can’t figure out why no one has come to save them.  An added bonus is that there are some really scary scenes in which other worldly beasts materialize and terrorize everyone.

This is the End is no Academy Award winning film, but it’s one of the best films I’ve seen this year, and easily the most entertaining.  A must see.

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