This Is the End

Out Now On-Demand

Nothing ruins a party like the end of the world.

Apocalyptic comedy following the fate of Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, James Franco, Craig Robinson and other celebs (playing unflattering versions of themselves) as the end of days strikes in the heart of Hollywood. Directed and written by Rogen alongside his Pineapple Express collaborator Evan Goldberg, and based on the short film Jay and Seth vs The Apocalypse made by Rogen and Jay Baruchel in 2007.

When Jay flies into L.A. to hang out with pal Seth he doesn't expect more than a few days of smoking weed and playing video games. Avowedly anti-Hollywood, the last place Jay wants to be is at James Franco's house for a party, but he soon finds himself barricaded inside fearing for his life alongside Seth, James, Jonah, Craig and Danny as earthquakes and fires strike the city, celebs bite the dust and strange beasts prowl the streets. To survive, the group will have to unite, pooling their resources (water, drugs, pornography) and putting aside their selfishness for the greater good.

Typically you’d think labelling a film as a short expanded to feature length would be less than complimentary. That’s a positive description of This Is the End, though, as it builds on the concept of 2007’s Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse while managing to sustain the sort of self-parody and laugh per minute ratio usually seen in a browser window rather than the big screen.

Sustained exposure to semi-improvisational mugging by Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson (playing less-then-flattering versions of their real-life selves) fortunately doesn’t prove tiresome. The film’s apocalyptic scenario proves a perfect excuse for high levels of hysteria, mayhem, profanity and an over-achieving gag count - it’s no Your Highness, in other words.

This Is the End won’t be for everyone, as it hinges on how much you like the comic personae these guys have honed over the last decade. Love it or hate it, you’re unlikely to be sitting on the fence as Rogen and Goldberg - operating as a dual writing/directing tag team – go over-the-top as much as possible. Whether that’s turning Franco’s mansion into a claustrophobic Lord of the Flies setting, or going crazy with the CGI as LA goes to hell in a handbasket, it all does justice to their meta-idea in hilarious fashion. 

Rolling Stone

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There's no way you won't have a blast. In their directing debuts, Rogen and Goldberg come up aces, mixing hilarity and horror like pros and never letting up on the killer momentum.

Time Out New York

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It’s a hit-and-mostly-miss affair: For every gut-buster like McBride and Franco’s lengthy exchange about drenching each other in seminal fluid, there’s a fall-flat gag.

Total Film

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As a celebrity’s-eye-view apocalypse movie, This Is The End delivers huge guffaws and large-scale carnage with enough gusto to mask the indulgences. You’ll never look at Michael Cera in the same way again.

AV Club (USA)

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Funny is funny, and it would be truly dishonest to deny the big laughs-the spikes of gut-busting inspiration-that the film sporadically delivers.

Hollywood Reporter

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An unlikable but weirdly compelling apocalyptic fantasy.

New York Times

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In places it is genuinely, even sublimely hilarious.

Variety (USA)

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Offsets its slightly smug premise with a clever sense of self-parody and near-cataclysmic levels of vulgarity.

Empire (UK)

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It could use a brutal edit to remove some weak material, but mostly this is a hell of a lot of fun.

Thank God it Ended!

Hollywood proving that they can also make Blockbusting CRAP! Not with just nobodies but with Big Celebs. Yeah... Nah!


Rogen's finest role

Seth Rogen as... Seth Rogen (you'll recognise the character from every film he's ever been in). It's fun, with a few surprises - the cameos from Michael Cera & Emma Watson. The ad-libbing's noticeable at times, and not as clever as it's pitched. Not even close to a classic, but a decent film to veg out to.


Revenge of the Nerds

These guys should get together again to do a modern take on the "classic" Revenge of the Nerds movies.


One Hell Of A Laugh

"This Is The End" is an idea come to fruition. An amazing, hilarious and completely entertaining movie that pulls from a short film Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg created together, along with a multitude of parts from the great ensemble pieces of the past, through to their own recent creations.

The film tells the story of an apocalypse, as experienced through the eyes of five friends.

It's just that the five friends happen to be movie actors Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson.

During a raucous house warming for James Franco, an apocalyptic event occurs which leaves our five "heroes" alone to survive.

After discovering a sixth person in the house (Danny McBride), it falls into an outstanding take on very funny people surviving the end of the world.

With cameos throughout the film and the occasional crass joke (Okay, there's more than one), it's a fun outing that will have you laughing out loud along the way.

Its pace doesn't drop with a fantastic soundtrack complimenting the ride, and an ending that wraps everything together with a message of your choice to take away from it.

With so many big names attached, and so many cameos, this could have easily sold itself on that alone.

Instead, it goes beyond that and delivers a hysterical story on Armageddon, which will leave you crying from laughter instead of all the death.

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Unexpected

After the total flop (IMHO) of the Green Hornet, I expected to see a rather unintelligent and mildly amusing comedy. Was pleasantly surprised by the film as turned out much better than I thought. Some crude jokes aside, I think playing themselves was a good move for the actors - they made fun of themselves and each other and it is refreshing to think that Hollywood can still laugh at itself. Or at least appear to :-)


A comedy of apocalyptical proportions!

Something that could be seen as original as Hangover one. Guys hanging out together but not entirely by choice. Lots of self-critical sense of humor about Hollywood but also general decadence of upper class American society paired with hilariously funny action comedy and lots of new ideas.