This Is the End
Director: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Cast: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, David Krumholtz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Rihanna
A group of celebrities are having a party at James Franco’s luxurious house, when the apocalypse arrives. As the city turns into a literal inferno, a handful of vain movie stars hole up in the house and weigh their options. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who-co-wrote Pineapple Express and Superbad make their directing debut with this end-of-the-world comedy. It gets off to a good start as the cast members either make fun of their public image (Franco’s pretentious art or Rogen’s lack of acting range) or turn them on their head (Michael Cera is the most abrasive person in Hollywood). However, it doesn’t take long until we’re back in the usual Rogen territory and the jokes begin to revolve around drugs, masturbation, movie references and a high volume of obscenities. As the plot gets increasingly stupid, the cheap special effects do not help the matters.