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300 F-words, zero laughs: Foul-mouthed, crude and conceited, Seth Rogen's latest attempt at comedy is a new low
This Is The End(15)
Verdict: Despicable Them
The latest Hollywood comedy for our edification is This Is The End, in which a bunch of drugged or drunk superstars, played by themselves, use the end of the world as a pretext for projectile vomiting, bodily fluids and every kind of grossness.
It may not convince as the end of the world, but it looks horribly like the death throes of intelligent comedy.
Presumably, some influential producer saw The Watch, a comedy flop that was universally despised, and thought ‘What a cracking screenplay! Let’s get these geniuses to write a film based on the Book Of The Revelation Of Saint John The Divine!’
Bunch of bozos: (from left) James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride
Or maybe some more than usually stoned executive decided to emulate the 1998 drama Final Cut, in which famous British actors (not so well-known today, alas) played themselves in one of the ghastliest displays ever of celebrity self-adoration.
Or possibly the head of Sony Pictures laughed all the way through Burt Reynolds’ 1981 vanity production The Cannonball Run and exclaimed: ‘Why don’t we make movies like that any more?’
Whatever the explanation, lovers of lewdness will get their money’s worth. One website has calculated that, over the course of 107 minutes, the F-word is used about 300 times. It’s easier than coming up with jokes.
Comedy? At one point in the film, the characters have a lengthy conversation about who would most like to rape Emma Watson
This Is The End is written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, whose biggest hits were Superbad and Pineapple Express, which found an audience. They also wrote The Green Hornet and The Watch, which didn’t.
At the start of the movie, a member of the public taunts Rogen, saying: ‘You always play the same guy in every movie. When are you gonna do some acting?’
This is a good question — and one that remains unanswered.
Rogen plays a gross version of a self-absorbed, greedy, consumer-gadget-obsessed celebrity named Seth Rogen. In real life, he’s married to actress Lauren Miller, but in the movie Rogen chooses to live alone.
His one genuine friend, or so he thinks, is his fellow Canadian actor Jay Baruchel.
Rogen drags Jay along to uber-conceited James Franco’s house-warming in a modernist concrete bunker full of misbehaving celebrities, including Jonah Hill at his greasiest.
Although there are plenty of drug-taking sex-addicts in Hollywood to choose from, the innocent-looking Michael Cera gets to play the worst of them all, and because his drug of choice appears to be cocaine rather than marijuana Cera is the first to die — impaled on a lamp post — when a yawning, fiery chasm appears in Franco’s front yard.
Like all the deaths, it is depicted with salacious gruesomeness.
On the bright side, quite a few celebrities are consigned immediately to Hell — though disappointingly there’s no sign of Adam Sandler or the rest of the cast of Grown Ups 2.
Mysteriously, Cera also appears to be the only Hollywood coke fiend singled out for punishment.
Whatever happened to all the other users? We may never know.
From there on, it’s like a witless re-enactment of Shaun Of The Dead, with lame parodies of The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby and other movies superior to the one that’s ‘satirising’ them.
This will be bad news for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who are about to release a similar-sounding movie called The World’s End. It’s also terrible news for anyone who sat through Scary Movie 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.
Culprits: (l-r) Director Evan Goldberg and actors James Franco and Seth Rogen
The level of the humour? Well, comedy is notoriously subjective, so here are a few pointers to whether or not you might enjoy it.
At one point, a non-celebrity wants to be let into the house. Around the time the stars abandon him to his fate, the intruder is decapitated, and his head rolls around in puddles of gore. Our heroes’ reaction is to play football with it.
In another moral and cultural highlight, the surviving lads have a lengthy conversation about who would most like to rape Emma Watson.
She responds by attempting to murder them with an axe. Possibly someone, somewhere, will find this funny.
' Dedicated fans of Seth Rogen may enjoy the opportunity to see him urinate into his own mouth.'
Danny McBride and James Franco have a lengthy and heated discussion about self-abuse and end up threatening to ejaculate over each other.
Dedicated fans of Seth Rogen may enjoy the opportunity to see him urinate into his own mouth.
And Danny McBride repeatedly molests one of Hollywood’s hunkiest male stars . . . who loves it! Yes, the humour is that classy.
Anyone attending in the hope of religious insights is likely to be disappointed. It turns out God is a groovy host who will admit to Heaven anyone who sacrifices himself for another guy.
Thus, Hitler or Stalin would have no trouble sitting on the right hand of God, as long as they tried to get in the way of a bullet to save Goebbels or Beria. It’s a point of view, I suppose. But it’s the first time I’ve seen bromance elevated to the status of a religion.
The movie’s vision of the Heavenly after-life is also a revelation. Essentially, it’s a place where young men receive instant self-gratification, including an endless supply of drugs and bikini-clad girls jiggling around in an enticing manner.
This Is The End isn’t the worst comedy of the year. Movie 43 and Run For Your Wife were even worse. But for sheer laziness, smugness and stupidity, it sums up everything that’s wrong with Hollywood comedy in the 21st century.
I wish it would fail at the box office, but it won’t. The most depressing aspect is we have managed to raise a generation that will find much of this movie hilarious, and may even fantasise about hanging out with these guys.
I’m still waiting for the movie that dares to satirise this odious phenomenon, but I’m not holding my breath.
Edited by Jonny Carinthia, 28 June 2013 - 05:28 PM.