This Is the End (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Energetic, self-deprecating performances and enough guffaw-inducing humor make up for the flaws in This Is the End loosely written script.

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The comedy This Is The End follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption. (c) Sony
Rating:
R (for crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama , Horror
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Cast

James Franco
as James Franco
Jonah Hill
as Jonah Hill
Seth Rogen
as Seth Rogen
Jay Baruchel
as Jay Baruchel
Danny McBride
as Danny McBride
Craig Robinson
as Craig Robinson
Michael Cera
as Michael Cera
Emma Watson
as Emma Watson
Mindy Kaling
as Mindy Kaling
David Krumholtz
as David Krumholtz
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
as Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Rihanna
as Rihanna
Martin Starr
as Martin Starr
Paul Rudd
as Paul Rudd
Channing Tatum
as Channing Tatum
Kevin Hart
as Kevin Hart
Aziz Ansari
as Aziz Ansari
Samantha Ressler
as Karen (Franco's Asst.)
Douglas M. Griffin
as Father In Store
Lauren Graham
as Daughter In Store
Carol Sutton
as Cashier
Yohance Myles
as Cell Phone Guy
Brian Huskey
as Headless Man
Randi Rousseau
as News Reporter
Travers Mackel
as News Reporter
Amber Carew
as Cera Girl #1
London Gill
as Cera Girl #2
Dave Jensen
as Cannibal #1
Jackie Flynn
as Cannibal #2
Carey Lamar Jones
as Rape Demon
Ricky Mabe
as Santa Cannibal
Jason Cox
as Paparazzi
Nick Carter
as Backstreet Boys
Howie Dorough
as Backstreet Boys
Brian Littrell
as Backstreet Boys
A.J. McLean
as Backstreet Boys
Kevin Scott Richardson
as Backstreet Boys
David Jensen
as Cannibal #1
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Critic Reviews for This Is the End

All Critics (212) | Top Critics (44)

There's wonder here that films with quadruple the effects budget would kill for.

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

The film is more guileful than it looks, even though the narrative is nuts ...

Full Review… | July 1, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

No comedy classic, then, but a good natured and engaging slice of goonish self-mockery.

Full Review… | June 25, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

... the movie definitely struck a chord with the crowd I saw it with ... (with) a climax that brings bromance back ...

Full Review… | June 18, 2013
MSN Movies
Top Critic

This Is the End, true to its subject matter, is as funny as hell.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
Slate
Top Critic

Crass, flimsily plotted, and self-referential to the point of narcissistic personality disorder. For those willing to tolerate such defects, however, it is also very, very funny.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for This Is the End

Think about the premise (actors playing themselves and dying as themselves in an apocalyptic end of the world event) what you want: there is promise it in. But when you kill off the majority of the cameos right in the beginning and then have the usual suspects have the usual dialog in a rather bleak apartment situation over and over, things do get a little tiresome after a while. While the final twist is surprisingly optimistic, the Backstreet Boys dancing in heaven is a certain way to kill a film ending. Stupid.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

½

This Is the End is a laugh riot. Has Seth Rogen ever been in a bad movie? His lowest rated movie per RottenTomatoes is The Watch (16%), but I thought that was a pretty funny and entertaining movie. I think The Green Hornet is the limpest of the bunch. If you are offended by that adjective, you definitely should NOT watch this movie as there are more male body/sex/potty jokes than I've encountered in any other movie in my lifetime (and I am old enough to remember Porky's). At face value, it seems like it would be pretty hard to screw this movie up with Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Michael Cera and a dozen others playing themselves during the Apocalypse. Even Rihanna and Harry Potter's Emma-freaking-Watson have extended cameos. There is one cameo that is so absurd and crazy that it would be a major spoiler to reveal it. Speaking of spoiler alerts, you'd think that the cause of the Apocalypse wouldn't be revealed, but that hasn't been the case. One reviewer mentions that it it is a literal interpretation of the Bible's Book of Revelations. You're at least 45 minutes into the movie before the reveal of what is really happening (unless you were raised reading the Bible. Then you get it pretty early on). Yeah, it's also a riff on the egocentricity of Hollywood celebrities, but who really cares unless you are an avid reader of TMZ or Perez Hilton. The real brilliance is in the dialogue, a ton of which has to be ad-lib/improv. There are so many jokes in this movie told in the context of the story it would fill a TV comedy series for multiple seasons. This is a two-hour comedy movie. Do they make any comedy movie that long? I just hope it has a Lord of the Rings-style Extended Edition on DVD.

Mark Beckford
Mark Beckford

Super Reviewer

½

funny enough, and the hilarious cameos certainly didn't hurt, but it's nowhere near as good as Neighbors.

Jason Robinson
Jason Robinson

Super Reviewer

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