This is the End is the first movie directed by actor Seth Rogen based on his short Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse. The movie is about Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel hanging out in L.A. when Rogen talks Baruchel into going to a party at James Franco’s new house. In the middle of the party, the apocalypse happens and takes all the good people up to heaven and a sinkhole in the front yard kills most of the party. The surviving members of the party try to survive in Franco’s house but they are all terrible people and hilarity ensues. It’s the end of the world survival if all the people involved were selfish. I felt like this was a really strong comedy. It was really interesting that each actor was actually playing a parody of themselves. (At least I hope they’re doing parodies, because they would be terrible people otherwise.) I didn’t have much hope for this movie being funny, but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s over-the-top humor mixed with some slapstick comedy. However, I wouldn’t bring along anybody younger than 15. There’s a good amount of sexual humor and drug use that might make for some uncomfortable questions from younger viewers. I thought that Rogen did a good job directing this movie. He knows where his actors’ strengths are, whether it’s deadpan comedy or physical. The CGI (computer-generated imagery) is kind of fake looking, but it lent itself well to the somewhat ridiculous, over-the-top humor in this film. Overall, I’d say that this is a good comedy, but not something you should run out and see right away. It would make a great rental if you’re looking for a good adult comedy.
Kyle Dowling is an employee of M3 Group and is pursuing a writing degree at LCC. He enjoys fiction writing, video games and movies.