THIS IS THE END – The Relationship Buddy Apocalypse Movie About A$$holes!
July 1, 2013
Hello, hello, hello.
I’m going to give a positive review for This is the End, which stars most of the funny people in the movie industry that have a penis. Outside of Emma Watson’s 3 minutes of screen-time and Rihanna’s 5 seconds of screen-time, the movie is dudes ALL DUDES making a lot of jokes about each others dude penises. Penie? Penis’?
If you somehow missed that this movie existed, here is the trailer…
I liked it a lot and I laughed to the point that I didn’t enjoy laughing anymore.
That’s the sign of a good comedy. I kind of laughed so much in the first 30 minutes or so, that I wore myself out and felt like I could have taken a nap to gain back some of that laughing energy needed to laugh for the rest of this shit that happens in the movie.
With that being said, the funniest part of the movie does happen fairly early in the movie and some of the funniest parts happen before the movie turns into an all out crazy carnival of special effects and over-the-top action as one might expect in a feature film about the apocalypse.
Let’s just spoil something up front… MICHAEL CERA IS THE GREATEST.
The movie was good and the apocalypse stuff is good, but the best part of the movie is Michael Cera and subsequently the best other parts of the movie is the real story of the movie that doesn’t directly have anything to do with the apocalypse and that’s everyone being assholes.
That’s hysterical. I’m not sure if that qualifies as a “spoiler”, not that I care, but everyone in the movie is an asshole and it’s fucking hilarious.
Besides the cgi and the end of the world stuff, the movie is about these actors playing asshole versions of themselves. A parallel dimension version of Seth Rogen who is cowardly and selfish and, as mentioned, kind of an all-around asshole. That same goes for the rest of the main cast of Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, and Danny McBride. It’s a movie about relationships and how these people can or cannot co-exist and in that – they’re all pretty unlikable assholes and it’s fucking the funniest.
The king of that is Michael Cera.
He’s only in the first third of the movie, but he’s amazing. He has like 4 scenes over the course of 30 minutes and they’re all laugh until you cry type of stuff.
Following that, Danny McBride is unreal as a completely horrible human being, which he’s really quite great at playing in many movies and, of course, Eastbound & Down.
It’s really a fun movie to watch as these actors are playing an unflattering caricature of themselves. They’re all completely awkward, uncool, desperate, as mentioned cowardly, as also mentioned selfish misfits with little to no perspective on how to interact with other people in any proper way. It’s brilliant.
The apocalypse stuff is fun and adds a layer of intensity to the situation. Just seeing these assholes talk to each other at a party is funny, but then them trying to work together to stay alive in a catastrophic situation is also funny. While the movie is about the apocalypse, a good chunk of the movie is more just about a few assholes locked in a house together.
I did find some of the apocalypse stuff too obvious or too over-the-top for me to really laugh at it, but it was still amusing and obviously needed considering it’s a summer blockbuster kind of movie. But easily the best scenes in the movie were of these assholes just trying to deal with each other being assholes while they themselves are assholes.
Also, CGI is hard to really laugh at. The idea that there would be action in this movie isn’t anything new. Pineapple Express had a lot of action in it, but it wasn’t a lot of CGI stuff and I get that Pineapple Express were just dudes fighting and not demons from Hell… either way, it’s funny that there is this much CGI in the movie and that they try their best and do it pretty well, but it’s also just not the easiest to crack up about because in the end – it’s just CGI.
It’s a double-edged sword of being really ridiculous is needed because of the subject matter, but at the same time something being too ridiculous and random feels forced and isn’t as funny as something a lot simpler like them discussing who should eat a Milky Way bar and how much of it will they get to eat.
I really enjoyed the movie. I thought that they did a really great job making a movie about people’s attitudes, relationships, and how we treat each other disguised as an explosive Armageddon extravaganza.
I must admit, outside of Michael Cera, the biggest and longest laugh I got was provided by Danielle, good ole’ _dharv.
There’s a quick moment in the movie where Seth Rogen is shown with a King Cavalier Charles Spaniel… did I just nail that on the first try without Googling it? FUCKING BOOM! HELL YEAH I DID! Anyway… that dog is Seth’s dog in real life and her name is Zelda.
I listened to Seth Rogen on Comedy Bang Bang and he had talked about training his dog to go to the bathroom. Specifically, he trained Zelda to go to the bathroom when he does tell it to “go to the bathroom” instead of him saying “poop” or “poopie” or something that’s childish sounding that we usually do say to dogs.
So, I’m relaying this story to Danielle, and you know that thing where someone is telling a story and you impatiently guess the end of the story or the next twist of the story and sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t. Well this time, it didn’t work out, but it was HILARIOUS.
Danielle jumps in front of me in the story by guessing that when the dog needs to go to the bathroom that Seth Rogen trained the dog to use the toilet.
Let me repeat that… Danielle believed so much so that she said it out loud to me that Seth Rogen trained his dog to use a toilet.
SETH ROGEN. A man, a funny man, most known for being a pothead, goofy laugh having, Canadian, actor trained an animal pet to use a human’s toilet. The dude who has played an almost uncountable amount of stoner idiot characters that come attached with his actual Beavis & Butthead constant chuckle in his spare time diligently trained a dog to go to the bathroom the same way that people do.
I am a Seth Rogen fan. A big Seth Rogen fan. But I have absolutely NO FAITH in his abilities at accomplishing that task. I have NO FAITH in almost every single person on the planet who lives currently, who used to live, or will live in the future at training a dog to poop in a toilet. I mean Cesar Milan and whoever teaches those bears to ride bicycles are about the only people who could possibly accomplish the task of getting a dog to use a toilet and then regularly use a toilet when they need to go to the bathroom.
And Danielle is obviously of such a different mindset that she said it to me.
And that is when I laughed. I laughed and laughed. I laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed to the point that she was hysterical laughing and we couldn’t get out of the car. We were stuck in our driveway laughing. Our dog, Coco, who does not know how to use a toilet and was waiting inside desperately waiting for us to return and to run her outside so she could go to the bathroom, she had to wait several minutes more because I was incapable of leaving the car I was laughing so hard.
So, yeah, go see the movie.
I hope you had a great weekend!