Monday, July 1, 2013

This Is the End (2013)

Director(s): Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen. Cast: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride,Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Rihanna, Paul Rudd, Channing Tatum. 107 min. Rated R. Comedy/Fantasy.

There's a generation of new comedians (mostly the Judd Apatow school of comedy), who don't show much acting flexibility in any of the roles they play. This movie is a collection of them, and it's at least honest enough to acknowledge this by having them perform under their own name, and a bystander yell at Seth Rogen why he always plays the same role in every movie. The apocalypse story-line is quite memorable as a comedy, and the film is full of whole-hearted laughs, but I'm generally suspicious of comedies that use vulgarity (to this magnitude) to create those laughs.

PS: I would've loved for James Franco to confess to his mess as an Oscars host a few years ago, as one of his greatest sins in life. He never does.

Mo says:


  1. Do you have any favorite in comedy genera? As far as I 've seen and read you haven't rated a comedy as good!

  2. Good question! Comedy isn't one of my favorite genres, but "Meet the Parents" and "Napolean Dynamite" as some of the best comedies of the past years come to mind.