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In Theaters: This Is the End (2013) 4 Stars

Literally just saw This Is the End and I was laughing hysterically the entire movie.  With James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson playing themselves during an Apocalyptic attack, it is comedic genius.  The script is very well written in a sense that I feel this movie, though a wild idea and strictly meant for laughs, contains some of the better performances of each actors careers.  If you like any of these actors, go see this movie.  I promise that you will not be disappointed.  The seats may smell terrible and the popcorn might be stale, but you will laugh so hard you will forget that you are at Patriot Cinemas in Hanover, at least that’s what happened to me.

Is this considered "acting without acting"?

Is this considered “acting without acting”?

Continued: SPOILERS

The best part about this film is that you never know if the entire plot is dream, or all the actors stoned out of their minds.  Co-directed by Seth Rogan, he and Evan Goldberg (writer of The Watch, Goon, Green Hornet, Pineapple Express, and Superbad) created a comedic horror film without being  ‘Scary Movie-esque,’ which is very difficult to do and this approach may be the only plausible way to do so.  Goldberg wrote the short story “Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse” back in 2007 that was filmed but is actually just a trailer for an unmade film. See here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehNFPShWTsg

The film starts out with Jay visiting Seth in LA for the first time in forever and they end up going to James Franco’s house warming party that features many more actors and celebrities playing themselves including Michael Cera, Jason Segal, Rihanna, Emma Watson, and Mindy Kaling, just to name a few.  Suddenly blue beams strike the Earth and lift people up to the sky indicating a possible alien attack but then there is a sink hole and, to quote a line from Jonah Hill, there are many fatalities.  Baruchel mentions many times that the attack may be the event predicted in the Bible, which eventually is the truth and each actor must prove their worthiness to be lifted to heaven.

IMBd users and critics gave this film a 7.8 rating; Rotten Tomatoes gives it 81% fresh; and, most of all, Fitch gives it 4 Stars.

P.S. Backstreet is definitely back, alright! (Go see the movie, you’ll know what I mean)


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