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by Katie E (subscribe)
A mum who uses adventures and outings around town as an excuse to avoid the housework.
Published July 17th 2013
What happens when Hollywood goes to hell?
This Is The End gives audiences an insight into post-apocalyptic life in Los Angeles as only co-writers/co-directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express co-writers) know how. What's different about this film is that the majority of the actors are playing themselves, or at least versions of themselves. While the style of humour in this movie won't suit everyone's tastes, if you can look past the adolescent level vulgarity and profanity, you might just find this comedy hilariously funny.

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This horror comedy film follows the adventures of six friends, who just happen to all be influential Hollywood actors, trying to survive the end of the world. Mayhem strikes during a house warming party hosted by James Franco when hell is unleashed on earth. Those partygoers who survive (Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson) the deadly earth-shaking events, sinkholes and raining fireballs decide to bunker down at Franco's house until they are rescued. In the meantime though, they must learn to survive each other's egos. The antics that follow include devising a plan to obtain much needed supplies, overcoming the reappearance of Emma Watson as she smashes her way through the front door, and deciding who gets to eat the last Milky Way bar.

Watch out for a whole host of celebrity cameo appearances from stars including Rihanna, Jason Segal (How I Met Your Mother), Mindy Kaling (The Office), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), Paul Rudd (This Is 40) and Michael Cera (Superbad). There are some appearances later in the film that are truly surprising, exceptionally timely and will most probably have you cheering.

The cast are obviously comfortable enough with themselves and each other to make fun of their over-exaggerated personas through in-jokes and references to their performances (or lack thereof) in previous movies. Apparently close to fifty percent of the movie is the result of ad-libbed banter between the cast. Highlights include diary room style confessions from the housemates, Franco and Rogen's proposed sequel to Pineapple Express, and Hill's character who initially steals the show as he so innocently puts it as "America's sweetheart".

I don't think anyone expects to walk away from this movie feeling profoundly enlightened by thought provoking messages presented. So as long as you can switch off your intellectual side for 107 minutes and are prepared for some cringe-worthy moments you should find This Is The End mostly laugh-out-loud funny.

This Is The End is rated MA and is now showing at selected cinemas nationwide. Check local guides for further details.

Special thanks must go to Event Cinemas Brisbane City Myer Centre for allowing us to preview this movie at their screening.
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Your Comment
Loved the movie - great review!
by Leanne Sampson-Bowden (score: 2|120) 2009 days ago
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