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|THIS IS THE END (director/writer: Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg; cinematographer: Brandon Trost; editor: Zene Baker; music: Henry Jackman; cast: James Franco (James Franco) Jonah Hill (Jonah Hill), Seth Rogen (Seth Rogen), Jay Baruchel (Jay Baruchel), Danny McBride (Danny McBride), Craig Robinson (Craig Robinson), Michael Cera (Michael Cera), Emma Watson (Emma Watson), Jason (Segal); Runtime: 107; MPAA Rating: R; producers: James Weaver/Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg; Sony Pictures; 2013)|
|"A revolting gross-out
comedy, whose humor is witless, scatological and
by Dennis Schwartz
A revolting gross-out
comedy, whose humor is witless, scatological
and childish. Co-directors and co-writers Seth
Rogen and Evan Goldberg, writing partners on Superbad,
make their directing debut. It's an end of the world
comedy about six egotistical and flawed Hollywood
actor friends trapped in James Franco's luxury town
house as an apocalypse destroys Los
Angeles. The five party guests of Franco are Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel,
Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, and Craig Robinson. There
are also uninteresting cameos by Michael Cera, Jason Segel and Emma
The fire-and-brimstone scenario
eliminates Franco's hipster party-goers but Franco and
his five favorite nerd guests survive to entertain us
with stupid and unfunny gags about themselves,
masturbating, drinking piss, dealing with aliens and
being misunderstood as to whether or not they intended
to rape Emma Watson (a pathetic attempt at humor).
The heavy-handed and
amateurishly directed film never finds a rhythm for
its forced crude humor or awkward attempt at biblical
pathos. The bro-romance between Seth and Jay was a
bore, and the climax with the Backstreet Boys welcoming Franco's
joker weed-smoking boys to heaven ended on a note of
stupidity. The inconsequential farce is a bomb.
REVIEWED ON 6/16/2013 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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