It remains to be seen if This Is the End will emerge as the comedy of the summer, but to this point, it’s a foregone conclusion. While The Hangover Part III is only barely funny and obviously running on auto-pilot, This Is the End is quick, gets consistent laughs, and mines a lot of gold out of a very simple premise. Famed actors Seth Rogen, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, and Danny McBride are trapped in Franco’s house in the hours leading to the biblical apocalypse. The genius stroke – which, admittedly, is laying it on a little thick – is the decision by the creative tandem of Rogen and Evan Goldberg to cast the actors as versions of themselves. It allows for great pot-shots at the actors’ expense as well as … um … pot shots about Mr. Rogen’s recreational drug of choice.
Director: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Producer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Nathan Kahane, Nicole Brown, Jason Stone, Barbara Hall, Ariel Shaffir and Kyle Hunter
Cast: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, David Krumholtz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Rihanna, Martin Starr, Paul Rudd, Channing Tatum, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Samantha Ressler and Douglas M. Griffin