This is the End
Director: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogan
Stars: Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Michael Cera
Year Released: 2013
Seth Rogan and James Franco have done it again with another over the top, almost gotta be high to watch comedy in the form of “This Is the End“. The movie starts with Seth Rogan meeting Jay Baruchel at LAX for a weekend of getting high, playing video games and eating foods loaded with”gluten” (which Seth Rogan believes to be a vague term covering fat, calories and anything else found in tasty food). From there we see the pair old old friends try to reconnect what is obviously a relationship that they have both obviously out grown. Seth wants Jay to bond with his new Los Angeles friends.
The movie is loaded with cameos of the pair’s friends from past movies and elsewhere. From Michael Cera to Emma Watson we see a large number of familiar faces appear on screen and not a single guest appearance is wasted. Hilarity ensues with Michael Cera being a coked out sexual deviant, the bathroom scene of him getting his asshole licked and a blowjob as he is sucking down a Capri Sun is comedic gold considering it is Cera. My faith in Michael Cera as a human being has been restored after seeing this film, I am glad he can embrace the rumors about him and have some fun with it.
The movie deals with two friends trying to maintain a relationship despite fame, money and lifestyle choices having driven them apart. Jay acts as if he wants to hold onto what once was but in the end he realizes he has been the larger problem in the equation. There are a couple of moments where there does seem to be some serious acting going on, which would almost seem out of place if it weren’t for the obvious friendship the two guys have.
James Franco plays the pretentious star with a crush on Seth Rogan, and it translates into some really funny moments on the screen (two massive paintings that are a tad bit creepy). He does a great job of driving the movie forward and near the end of the movie we see his prophetic words come to fruition in regards to he and Danny McBride.
There is a morality tale to be seen here and the movie does take a weird religion through the eyes of Hollywood turn, not in a bad way but in a “huge demon with a swinging dick” kind of way. It doesn’t detract from the movie at all, it does kind of oddly justify the weirdness to some degree.
There are a lot of parts in the movie that I can’t share because they really help keep the movie interesting and it would spoil the experience if I shared.Look for Channing Tatum to show up, probably one of the best pars of the movie.
All in all, the movie is a great way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon, check it out and have a few laughs.