By Lane Roberts
Seth Rogen and James Franco took their bromance to the big screen for the second time this summer with This is the End. The comedy follows six friends trapped in Franco’s Hollywood mansion after a series of apocalyptic events destroy Los Angeles. Friendships are tested as food runs out and the boys must leave the house to face their fates and attempt to survive the rapture.
Think of This is the End as the grown-up reboot of Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s previous collaboration, Superbad, which featured Rogen and Goldberg’s teenaged selves portrayed by Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, respectively. In This is the End, they are all grown up; Rogen naturally plays himself while Goldberg, who is not an actor, is played by Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up).
While it will definitely not become a comedy classic, This is the End is a fun poke at the self-indulgence of Hollywood. Glitzy stars, fancy mansions and abundant drugs are fixtures in the film. In a joke that runs through the first half of the film, Rogen, Franco and company firmly believe that emergency services will rescue movie stars first.
With its crass jokes and flimsy plot, This is the End is not for everyone, but if you are able to accept the film for what it is—a bit of time-killing, stupid fun—you may find yourself laughing along with Rogen and his pals.