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This is the End Movie Review

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This review contains swearing. I do not apologize in advance. The best way to see This Is the End is knowing nothing about it going in, though I imagine even if you did know what it was about, you still wouldn't expect half of what happens. Because This Is the End is fucking absurd.

This Is the End is like Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle meets the apocalypse, only with bigger stars and Hermione Granger, because the movie is about the biblical apocalypse and what would happen if James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride, who play James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride respectively, found themselves barricaded in a house during the end of the world.

The movie is basically about six guys - oh, and Emma Watson for an unfortunately short while - ad libbing with each other for two hours, along with a cocaine-addicted Michael Cera (who is at his very best here), cannibalism and some demon rape.

There are two types of people on the planet: people who find demon rape funny, and those who don't. If you fall into the former's camp, This Is the End is for you. If you don't, there is a psychological disorder that applies to you. Maybe it's the other way around. I can't remember. Ha, that's funny. I was just thinking of Jonah Hill getting raped by a demon. I digress.

This Is the End shares humor found in other R-rated Seth Rogen movies, only taken to the extreme. The actors involved clearly have fun being with one another, because the movie plays like one big bromance caught on film. Bored and with nothing else to do, they decide to shoot a low-budget sequel to Pineapple Express (which starred Rogen, Franco and McBride), and there's at least one Your Highness joke thrown about. The guys banter, prod and eventually try to kill one another.

Typical bromance.

The movie is fucking crazy, and it gets crazier as it goes along. Consistently funny and often hilarious, This Is the End is one of the most entertaining movies of the year. Its only flaw is that it starts to feel long in the final act; for a movie that in many ways has no plot, when the story finally comes together it quickly approaches the "get on it with it" stage.

Oh well. This Is the End is a fucking blast, and I apologize in hindsight for not swearing more.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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