This Is the End

To me, this movie features the best of the best current comedy stars, starting with Seth Rogen who, after writing two of my favourite comedies of the past decade, “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express”, also takes on directing duties on this project along with longtime writing partner Evan Goldberg.

Rogen stars as himself (more or less), with Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride playing exaggerated versions of their public personas as well. The premise of “This Is the End” is that these 6 funnymen find themselves stuck together during the Apocalypse, which doesn’t stop them from bickering throughout the movie.

An early highlight is a big party at Franco’s house that features a ton of cameos from other members of the extended Apatow family (I particularly enjoyed seeing my beloved Jason Segel), various comedians and even Rihanna, for some reason! Most memorable among them is probably an out of control, coked up Michael Cera, though it’s mostly fun just to see all these people interacting…

And then they (and we in the audience) are hit by the first signs of the end of days, and the action and horror scenes that happen at that point and later in the film are actually pretty intense, if a bit messy. But for the most part, as I was saying, it’s mostly about the 6 leads mocking each other and fighting among themselves.

The dynamics of the group, which may or may not be based on the guys’ real life relationships, have Baruchel positioned as kind of an outsider, Rogen’s old Canadian friend who hates the L.A. lifestyle and who’s just not interested in hanging out with his new famous buddies. McBride also stands out, but just because he’s depicted as a huge asshole!

Other than that, this is a rather hard movie to review, if you don’t want to just list a bunch of wacky shit that happens in it. I do want to mention the bit involving Emma Watson, which includes a hilarious conversation about how the 6 men should make sure not to send off a “rapey vibe.” Oh, and that musical finale? Genius.