If you get déjà vu looking at the cast of This Is the End, then chances are you're a fan of Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up, or Superbad.
If you get déjà vu looking at the cast of This Is the End, then chances are you're a fan of Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up, or Superbad. In Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's directorial debut, they round up friends and frequent costars James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and Jay Baruchel (plus Rogen himself, naturally) for a comedy about the end of the world. Rather than being just another installment in their repertoire of film collaborations, This Is the End sets itself apart from their previous projects, because each actor is playing a heightened version of himself — giving them the chance to make fun of each other, while also dealing with the apocalypse. It's unique, meta, and ridiculously funny.
The movie takes us to a party at Franco's house, which is just as weird and star-studded as you'd expect it to be. Rihanna's there, Emma Watson's there, Michael Cera's there doing drugs and alienating people — there's so much celeb-spotting in the first half of the movie that you worry the second, postapocalyptic half can't keep up with all the fun. It's not an issue: when the movie switches gears to show us how Franco, Rogen, and the rest of the guys cope with the end of the world, some truly raunchy, outrageous humor emerges. It may be too over-the-top for some, but if you appreciate the comedies of any of these dudes, then you'll be trying to catch your breath between laughs. To find out why else I loved This Is the End, just keep reading.