This Is the End Brings the Laughs with Raunch and Crass

14 Jun

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This Is the End stars Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Beruchel, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride as themselves in a post-rapture nightmare. Jay flies into L.A. to hang with his pal Rogen, looking for some quality friend bonding time. Rogen wants to go to his pal Franco’s for a big house warming party, Jay reluctantly agrees and finds himself in the most dire of circumstances.

This film is very funny, but in a very lowbrow way. There isn’t much clever word play or well-structured jokes relying on wit or nuance, just dicks and cum and vomit. While I do appreciate bathroom humour, it does begin to feel a little worn after a while, but if you can’t laugh at dudes jerking off, what can you laugh at eh?

Throughout this film we can see the celebs playing dramatized versions of themselves; Jay as the moody outcast, Rogen as the fun loving doof and so on. Can’t really have been much of a challenge for the Oscar nominated Jonah Hill, but that’s really what this movie is about. Not thinking, having fun, laughs, gross out gags and buddies bonding. The movie does feature more celebrities than I think I’ve ever seen in one movie together, and the novelty of that is also fun. Sometimes they’re only on screen for a few seconds before they’re disposed of. There are two especially funny scenes that stand out to me, one with Michael Cera (who is hilarious and if you haven’t seen Youth in Revolt , do so) and one with a celebrity who you really don’t expect to see. Hopefully that whets your appetite for this raunchy comedy. I definitely laughed out loud more than once and I hope you will too. Happy weekend! 

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One Response to “This Is the End Brings the Laughs with Raunch and Crass”

  1. Mhairi Kay July 3, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    You know how I feel about these kind of movies usually but I thought this was HILARIOUS. Also … when the demon smashes through the window to chase Jay and Craig my friend actually screamed in the theatre. hahahaha Im still laughing the next day.

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