This is The End; the lighter side of the apocalypse

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Cameron Simek, Life Editor


Before we begin, it’s important to note that this movie is not The World’s End, with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, which is the other end of the world movie premiering this summer. It seems like a deal was struck between these two films as the previews included an extended trailer for one of the films. On to the review.


Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, well-known for the films Superbad and Pineapple Express, have done it again. They have crafted a very funny film that audiences are sure to enjoy. Audiences that don’t mind a lot of swearing and some graphic humor, that is.


Because of the nature of the film, I am unable to accurately portray some of what I thought were the finer points of the film, but I can say with full confidence that this is a movie for fans of Seth Rogen and the usual group of actors that accompany him. They all play exaggerated versions of themselves as they meet up at James Franco’s house for a party. During the party the Rapture happens, and that’s when it starts to get really funny.


There is really nothing better than watching a group of self-centered pampered actors during a crisis. They play themselves so well, which shouldn’t be hard to do, but they also sprinkle in a lot of jokes at their own expense, which is half the fun.


There are even a few scenes where they use the camera James Franco took from the set of 127 Hours, a nod to Franco’s habit of taking things from every movie he works on, to film a sequel to Pineapple Express. I could not stop laughing in the theatre.

Sadly, that’s about the only part of the movie I really can describe without stepping over a few boundaries in this paper. It’s really a foul movie, and if that offends you, then this isn’t the film for you in the slightest.


One of the few problems I had with the film was the pacing. It seems to speed up and slow down at times, and it can get a little boring in the middle before speeding up to a spectacular finish, with a cameo from the Backstreet Boys.


I left the theatre still laughing, which is rare for me. I tend to have very high standards for a film when I manage to see it in theatres, and I was not disappointed one bit.


If you think that this is a film you can stomach, then see it. You won’t be sorry. If you don’t, it’s not the end of the world.