Say a popular celebrity has a house party and every other celebrity you can think of is there. That could probably spark the end of the world, right? Well, Seth Rogen seems to think the two might go hand-in-hand, since that premise is what his new movie This is the End is loosely based around.
In the film, which was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (as well as directed by the duo), every actor plays a fictional version of themselves. The film starts with Jay Baruchel returning to L.A. after almost a year of being away to see his longtime friend Seth Rogen. Jay is looking forward to a quiet weekend catching up with his friend, while Seth wants to go to a wild party at James Franco’s house. Jay reluctantly agrees to attend, and the party is everything you would fantasize it would be. Michael Cera is Hollywood’s wild child, Rihanna breaks out in song at random moments, James Franco’s house is a little pretentious, and Jonah Hill is way too nice.
And then the world starts to end.
People are sucked up into the sky through blue beams of light, the Hollywood Hills burst into flames, and all the celebrities you know and love are sucked into a sinkhole that appears in Franco’s yard. Suddenly, the screen actors guild is solely made up of James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride – the six of whom must try to survive the apocalypse, as well as each other’s company.
This is the End is surprisingly funny. While massive ensemble films can sometimes be spread too thin or have expectations set too high, This is the End doesn’t seem to suffer from that. There are parts where it goes off the rails a bit, and there are certainly parts where it drags a bit as well, but the movie’s main goal is to be over the top and comical, and those goals are met.
Certain highlights of the film include: the moment when the guys find out Emma Watson is still alive, James Franco’s Freaks and Geeks paintings, and the beautifully hilarious interpretation of heaven. Seriously, the last ten minutes of the movie make the parts that drag on and the parts that go overboard totally worth it.
Check out the trailer for the film below, and if you are looking for a funny way to kick off this summer’s movie season, we recommend This is the End (which hits theaters this Wednesday!)
The real question is though: who would you invite to your celebrity house party?
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