Based on Jay and
Seth versus the Apocalypse
by Jason Stone
Music by Henry Jackman
Cinematography Brandon Trost
Editing by Zene Baker
Studio Mandate Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
June 12, 2013
Running time 106 minutes
Country United States
This is the End
Last year, if you would have told me that I would be calling a movie
where Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, and James Franco played themselves
during the apocalypse one of the best movies of the year, I probably
would have thought you were crazy... or nut-punched you, stole your
shoes, and pissed on you... you know, depending on how much medication
I was on at the time.
But the truth is, This is the End is actually one of the best
2013 movies I have seen. It may not have class and it may not
have high sophistication, but it's funny, it's unique, and you never
quite know where the thing is headed and that results in one hell of a
The movie begins with Seth Rogan (playing himself) meeting his old
friend, Jay Baruchel (also playing himself) at the airport to spend
the weekend together. Since Jay lives in Canada, he feels like
he is drifting away from his old friend and isn't very thrilled when
Seth invites him to James Franco's house for a party -- and then the
I'm sorry, folks, I may not possess great panache and complexity, but
that alone is goddamn brilliance for a comedy. At the party
you've got stand up comedians, musicians, movie stars -- all playing
themselves -- and they're getting killed left and right. Hell,
you've all see the previews... wasn't it just... wonderful to see
Michael Cera fucking die? You little two-dimensional hack!
That's what you get for playing the same goddamn part in every movie!
As someone who frequently binges and purges on the slop that tsunamis
from Hollywood, seeing movie stars bite the hands that feed them and
then bite the proverbial bullet is gratifying. Seriously, I
really have no great desire to see Michael Cera or any of the others
really die, but seeing them (or at least an exaggerated version of
them) meet their maker in horrible ways is just so darned gratifying.
What's more is that This is the End actually has a pretty
neat apocalypse. Seriously, when was the last movie that you can
remember that didn't star that dimwit Kirk Cameron that actually
showed the biblical apocalypse? Even though I'm not a believer
in make-believe stuff, they actually make this particular end of the
world scenario pretty scary.
Aside from the end of the world stuff, This is the End is a gleeful
lambasting of the Hollywood lifestyle and the very fact that actors
were left over after the rapture is not lost in it. James Franco
actually pops a pretty hilarious joke about it when someone mentions
that the righteous would be taken to heaven before the apocalypse
began. "What, are you saying we're all assholes!?"
top of all of that, This is the End tells a fine story of bromance
between Seth and Jay and, yes... it's completely believable. Who
hasn't been in that situation when you try and salvage a dying
friendship and it all keeps going bad? Very relatable stuff going on
Of course, the entire thing is hilarious too because, if it wasn't, it
wouldn't be worth the dick jokes it makes. Everything and
anything is made fun of and it seems like a lot of the gags hit the
mark and it made me laugh more than enough to justify the ticket
So, there you have it... surprisingly, one of the strongest movies of
the year is about a bunch of self-obsessed actors getting high during
the end times. I'm as surprised about that as you are.
I understand that this type of humor probably isn't for everyone, but
that's because they're lame.