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This Is The End | The Clapper Bored

This Is The End

This has to be one of the biggest Hollywood circle-jerks in cinema history. Make no mistake about it- this is not some self-effacing parody, this is a collection of very funny men who wish the world to know how funny they are. Where that stands creatively is a point of some debate, but the film need only be judged on one thing: is it funny? This Is The End manages to stick most of its landings, and for that, when the premise is so outrageously egocentric, it ought to be applauded. This might well turn out to be the funniest movie of the summer.

The plot finds perennial everyman Jay Baruchel heading to LA to stay with his best Canadian buddy Seth Rogen. He arrives, they get high and then Rogen suggests they head to a party at James Franco’s new house, knowing full well that Baruchel is an antisocial nerd who doesn’t want to hang out with Rihanna and Emma Watson. But they end up going and, whilst they are there, judgment day descends upon them and Baruchel, Rogen, Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride finds themselves holed up in Franco’s garish mansion. From there, things get more than a little weird, with drive-by cameos from an axe-wielding Hermione, a gimp-masked moviestar and a massive demonic penis.

But whilst there is a smattering of dick humour (including an extended and unfunny exchange about McBride’s masturbation habits) the film generally relies upon putting its characters into an extraordinary set of circumstances and watching how they react to them. The funniest moments in the film come from these interactions, as well as some very funny moments of self-ridicule (Michael Cera deserves a special mention). There are bits that don’t work, and the more action-heavy the movie becomes, the less I enjoyed watching it (which says as much about me as it does about the film itself), but, all things considered, This Is The End is a thoroughly good time and one of the funniest watches you’ll have at the cinema this summer.

Dark, end of the world humour gets the Hollywood treatment and is, mostly, very funny as a result. A guilty pleasure.

Title: This Is The End
Director(s): Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Starring : Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson
Certificate: 15
Running time: Less than two hours

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