FOX 34 at the movies: 'This is the End'
On Twitter: @JamesEpplerI laughed loud, hard and often at the completely bat-nuts-crazy "This is the End." It works because it finds some of the funniest people in Hollywood aiming their comic daggers at an easy target - themselves. Everyone you see in the who's who cast is playing an exaggerated version of their brand and persona. My favorite is goody-two-shoes Michael Cera from "Arrested Development" as a coked-out sleeze-ball.
During a big party at James Franco's house, the apocalypse starts happening outside. Good people are raptured up into Heaven, (y'know, like the Bible doesn't say) and many Hollywood celebs are swallowed up into fiery pits - a funny joke itself.
Franco, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride and Jonah Hill are left behind to try to survive. All of them are sniveling, pampered, ego-centric divas, which makes rationing supplies and just generally getting along a challenge.
The movie is written and directed by Rogen and Evan Goldberg who gave us "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express." "This is the End" feels like they gathered their friends together for some laughs. Everyone has worked together in previous movies, and this one shares a lot of the same themes with the others: fear of women, juvenile interests, and the dirty, ad-libbed, rapid-fire humor they've developed. But there's a sweet center under all the crude layers.EPPLER'S RATING: * * * 1/2
Whether you're jumping out of your seat because of demon monsters or howling in laughter, it's a scream either way.
Out of five stars