Thursday, October 10, 2013

This Is the End

(2013) *** 1/2

Another comedy-horror that comes recommended for when you're in the mood for laughs with your gore. Danny McBride is in this, so you should be forewarned that this is mostly along the lines of 14 year old wannabe frat-boy humor. Lots of penis jokes. And dick jokes. And cock jokes. That pretty much covers the range of the humor.

Still, with so little to work with, I guess it's a testament to Rogen and Franco and co. that they're able to keep this mostly fun and watchable. There's a sort of a clever subtext too, btw, poking fun at the right winger Left Behind fans whose worst nightmare would be that liberal pot smoking Hollywood types would be raptured on Judgement Day.

This isn't quite on the level of Shaun or Severence in terms of really smart horror-comedies, but it's no slouch. The early fun mostly comes from seeing various Hollywood types playing parody versions of themselves. Yeah, we've seen it all before (Larry Sanders, Extras, etc.) but it's still a fun conceit. Michael Cera in particular is great as a coked out douchebag version of Michael Cera, one of the first to go in a great and gorey death. Franco also does this stuff really well, and he's clearly aware of how easy he is to parody.

9 comments:

Catfreeek said...

So glad you liked this.

JPX said...

I LOVED this comedy and laughed the entire time! I thought Jonah Hill was particularly funny.

Johnny Sweatpants said...

JPX has been hounding me to see this. I've heard nothing but good things about it.

Landshark said...

What's particularly funny is that my mom and step-dad are visiting, and I almost popped this one in for the 3 of us to watch together. Whoa would they have hated it.

Johnny Sweatpants said...

What movie (if any) did you decide on?

Landshark said...

Promised Land with Matt Damon. Preachy anti-fracking drama, but not bad.

Octopunk said...

I commend your decision not to screen that for the 'rents. That would've been bad.

DCD said...

Ha! I wondered how you were going to manage H-thon with the rents there!

I totally need to see this!

AC said...

loved, and looking forward to re-viewing (and reviewing).