Movie InfoWhen the Apocalypse actually happens and a billion people are raptured up to heaven, Lindsey (Kendrick) and her boyfriend Ben (Daley) are left behind in suburban Seattle. The young couple try their best to lead a normal life surrounded by talking locusts, blood rain showers, and pot-smoking wraiths. But when the Anti-Christ (Robinson) makes his home base in their neighborhood, Lindsey finds herself the object of his affection. With the help of her family, friends, and a lawn-mowing zombie neighbor, the young couple set off to stop the Anti-Christ from taking her as his bride... and just maybe, saving the world in the process.(c) Official Facebook … More
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Critic Reviews for Rapture-Palooza
[An] almost endearingly silly amuse bouche of a comedy depicting how the End of Days might play out in Seattle ...
It never does live up to its potential, instead becoming bogged down in a repellent character who is supposed to be savagely satirical but is really just tediously crass.
The laughs are consistent and the cast (including Rob Corddry, Paul Scheer and Ken Jeong as a very petty God) is a riot.
Matheson's script focuses its energy on small, wickedly funny gags, half of which Robinson seems to have sputtered out as improv.
Should please those who own Shaun of the Dead on Blu-ray, and can quote one-liners from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (the novel, not the film).
For a film about the apocalypse, Matheson's script felt a little bit too bland and mundane. Who would have thought the rapture could be so boring?
In a post-South Park world, lazy execution of a ribald, potentially controversial concept will not suffice -- especially not when the apocalypse is being handled with much more wit, vim and verve just across the megaplex.
Matheson aims to build a farce, but the feature doesn't follow his lead, blowing some interesting asides of insanity on trendy, flaccid riffing.
Rapture-Palooza assembles a reliable cast of comics and then proceeds to saddle them with truly middling material.
Sure, there are elements that don't work...but for the most part, 'Rapture-palooza' offers a lot of good, goofy stuff.
There are a few good, R-rated laughs, thanks largely to a cast that makes the most of the material at hand. Still, it ends up being more amusing than outright hilarious.
I wanted more satire, less booty humor. And the film really needed a more-engaged heroine. Kendrick goes so laid back that she looks like she's about to fall asleep.
Its views on organized religion are so halfhearted and perfunctory as to make Kevin Smith's Dogma seem like a veritable master's class in theistic studies.
Audience Reviews for Rapture-Palooza
There is a lot of funny ideas and great dialogue in this independent film, but perhaps because of the subject matter and obsession with being crude, the film suffers. Anna Kendrick basically plays the same character as usual, as does John Francis Daley, which is fine since they are portraying very nonplussed atheists taking this new world in little by little. A lot of the ideas were really solid, but the film also meanders around far too long. Craig Robinson, as much as I love him, was way too over the top and vulgar. Though I appreciated his performance for what it was, his scenes went on far too long and his vocabulary relied heavily on the profane. The ending was really well thought out and the overall message was nice, as atheism isn't given much credence. Still, the reliance on Robinson to carry most of this film makes it flounder under its own weight.More
A brilliant idea but very poorly produced. The budget is low but what they do with it is impressive, the special effects are very good but not unnecessary or overdone (which they could have been). The idea is so clever though, it is such a shame they couldn't have polished up the script a little better. I loved the characters; the Mum who gets kicked out of heaven for arguing in the queue, the atheists who just carry on among the blood rain and meteors, the demons who are left behind who turn to drugs, the talking locusts, it's all very dry and witty. Only the Craig Robinson scenes are overlong and a bit too heavy handed. I like the way that atheists are portrayed as well, after all, this is for them. As one myself, I very much appreciated it. You have the atheists who have thought about it and don't believe and then you have the people who just haven't given it any real thought, there is a huge difference. The argument with God and the Antichrist is brilliant because it's not over done or nonsensical, it visualises God's word and the scriptures and shows it for the ridiculous idea that it is without having to poke fun at it. If you believe it is offensive and ridiculous I suggest you re-read the bible. Anyway, belief aside, it's a great idea but like I said, not brilliantly produced with a notable lull in the middle. Worth it though if the idea appeals.More
A match made in hell.
Good comedy! Let me start off by saying there's no need to go see this in the theater. It's Netflix material, for a rainy day or when you want something light and entertaining. "Rapture-Palooza" is the type of comedy that might not be suitable for just anyone. Especially if you are a devout religious fanatic. "Rapture-Palooza" takes on the rapture and biblical issues with a sarcastic and hilarious glove and just slaps it around. The movie was just fun and I constantly found myself laughing out loud despite the lack of complexity in the humor.
Two teens battle their way through a religious apocalypse on a mission to defeat the Antichrist.
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