Two friends of mine once had a conversation about a movie where one commented “It was the worst movie ever made,” and the other replied “and the best movie ever made!” It makes no sense but it can be applied to This Is The End, the third collaborative film for Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg. The movie stars Seth, along with a host of other Hollywood names, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson, all of whom play themselves.
The movie starts with Jay arriving in Los Angeles visiting his old friend Seth. After spending the day together playing video games, eating junk food and smoking pot, they head to a party at Seth’s friend’s James Franco’s new mansion. Here is where the movie goes Hollywood. The party is Hollywood cliché with cameos by some recognizable entertainers. Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, Jason Segel and Emma Watson are there. Michael Cera’s role of Hollywood Michael Cera is hilarious as he depicts his persona as a drug addicted, womanizing, sexual devient. Perhaps what many of us silently assume all Hollywood types to be, no matter how innocent they may appear in public.
The movie takes a complete 180 and the inside look into the Hollywood party ends when the presumed apocalypse begins. A huge hole in the ground swallows most of the celebrities. Watch for Rihanna’s fall into the hole as someone calls after her in one of most hilariously cheesy moments: “Rihaaaannaaaaahh!”
All that’s left is Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogan and James Franco along with Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride, who have barricaded themselves inside the house as the world outside disintegrates into a fiery hell.
This Is The End goes so ridiculously overboard that it is absurd. But since it’s a joke everyone is in on, the freedom to go completely off the wall is there and any chance they have, they absorb it, squeeze it out and piss all over it. This movie takes Hollywood stereotypes and exaggerates them enough for the situation that even in the face of inevitable doom, it’s the superficial characteristics of the remaining players that takes the film and makes it run. That and even celebrities call each other by their first and last name. I can’t put it any simpler than it might have been the worst movie I’ve ever seen but in the best way possible.