***** out of 5
Rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence
Article first published as Movie Review: This Is the End on Blogcritics.
Just when people were starting to think that the house Judd Apatow built ( TV’s Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared and the big screen’s Anchorman, 40-Year-Old Virgin, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, etc.) had run out of steam comes one of the group’s funniest films. However, Apatow himself had nothing to do with this one. Transitioning from writers to directors, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have successfully made their way behind the camera. And with This is the End clocking in at only 107 minutes, they’ve learned a thing or two in the process. Don’t overstay your welcome and keep the jokes flying at a relentless pace.
During the party — which includes as many of their friends as possible: Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Mindy Kaling, David Krumholtz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Martin Starr, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Rihanna, and a coked-up Michael Cera — Jay and Seth hit a convenience store to satisfy their munchies but not before some sort of earthquake rocks L.A. and beams of light start sucking people into the heavens. They return to Franco’s house, as a sinkhole wipes out all of the party’s guests — aside from Jay, Seth, Franco, Jonah, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride — they must join forces to face the apocalypse together.
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